By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Energy
China's CRH308A "Harmony" bullet train broke 302 miles per hour -- the speed of a cruising private jet -- on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, according to a Xinhua report.
The Chinese CRH308A "Harmony" bullet train broke 302 miles per hour -- 486.1 km/h, or the speed of a Bombardier Learjet 40XR cruising at low speed -- on a run on a pilot segment between Zaozhuang to Bengbu on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, according to a Xinhua report on Friday.
The translation's a little muddy, but the 1,318 km line -- that's almost 820 miles -- promises to reduce the travel time from Beijing to Shangai from 10 hours to four or five hours.
(While that's wonderful, consider that it's a tiny minority of China's total rail network, and that while speed records are a nice publicity coup, the real challenge is elevating the service for its not-so-fast regional trains.)
The high-speed line is scheduled to open "before the end of 2011," according to the (roughly translated) report.
To date, China has laid some 4,680 miles of high-speed track, with aims to built out its entire rail network to 74,565 miles of track by 2020, 9,941 miles of which would be high-speed.
The goal: serve 90 percent of China's population by train, somehow.
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Dec 8, 2010
The USA would be much better off if the government was run by someone playing Civilization 5... where you don't care about the money, only about the level of progress, completely ignoring "elected officials" reign and worrying more about "where will my country be in the next 500 years?" than "What shall I have for breakfast?" which is the way th country is run today. The US needs to go to 10 year presidential terms (limit 3) and 7 year congress terms (limit 3-5), move all of it's military back to US soil and use them to police the USA, protect our borders instead of someone else's and build shelters for the homeless of our country, not to rebuild cities in another nation. Stop giving money to the countries that the US occupied during war times over the last 75 years and spend that money building in our own homeland. Instead of joining wars (or starting them) in other countries, the US should work on a contract basis for the UN, requiring payment for our efforts, if we even help out. The US ALWAYS provides more of it's children in these so called "UN Sanctioned" wars than anyone else. If the world wants our help, let them pay us for it, not us pay them after we leave. You want to catch someone like Bin Laden, all you have to do is contact the government of the country he was last reported in and tell them in 24 hours you will drop a significant number of bombs on that person's "home town" if he is not turned in, and again in another 12 hours on another city he has been "seen in" until they find him and turn him over to us. (in Bin laden's case, start with a city, then start hitting the mount ranges where known caves or bases might be located). They might laugh at you for 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. After that, you have their attention and everyone in the country will do what ever it takes to turn that person in to the authorities. you want to see how far loyalty to a terrorist goes? start nuking cities, towns, and villages that are associated with them, I'll bet that terrorists own family will turn him in. If this had been the policy of the USA in the 80's we would not be in the situation we have been in for the last 9 years, it just would not have happened, who would try to blow up the world trade center towers if they knew their entire home city would get incinerated as a response? If you go around letting people sodomize you, then people will line up to get their turn, if you go around sodomizing people, then they will keep out of your way. Remember Mel, the cook from Alice (US TV) "The best defense is a good offense"
I don't know whether india will become superpower (alteast developed nation) in 2020, but china will do. Am i wrong anywhere?
It proves that Design and Technology play such a small part in actual implementation of project of this scale. Sad to say. A lot of Politics, Money, Social or Un-social issues etc. are needed to get the work done. The Chinese has the advantage of dictating such project onto the landscape, for better or worst while the west needs to a lot more effort, democratic issues and otherwise. Innovative and expensive buildings have been built in Beijing and Shanghai but the architects are mostly foreign. In the end, its not where they come from but where they are being implemented, again, for better or worst. Sometime you just have to say, "just do it" [Nike].
It is incredible how far these people have come since the days of the Cultural Revolution not all that long ago. I can remember an article in the Geographic featuring Chinese Steam Locomotives!
Has the Chinese government been up to its normal tricks to make this line? Displacing villages, disrupting established ways of life for these vanity projects? Spending billions on grabbing headlines with projects which will benefit a tiny fragment of their population while a huge number live in poverty? Still, though, the great news is the emergence of another engineering superpower, contributing to the technical advancement And hell, it's a real cool piece of tech.
Technical question: does it use an overhead catenary or does it get power from the rails? the French were limited by how tight they could pull the catenary - the train has to travel slower than the speed of a standing wave.
I have traveled on these European trains and believe me you do not feel a thing. The rate at which it was passing the cars on autobahns close to the tracks it seemed like they were standing still and I was passing them at something like 85 mph - pre 1973 state on US highways. Then on the return journey I got a ride with a friend and onlythen realized that the traffic on the autobahn was moving at close to 120 mph. Now the numbers I am talking about are normat traffic speeds. BTW it is not likely that these super-speed trains are about to arrive in the US. Not by a long shot. This would wean the commuters away from the airplanes to the detriment of oil companies' profits !!!!
The U.S. is more than capable of building high speed rail systems. Success can only be assured if dedicated high speed rail tracks are built without political and special interest group interference. If the Wright Brothers persisted on thinking that something can't be done, they would continue building bicycles.
1,318 km in just five hours. That's fabulous. Will it be harmful to the health of passenger? Regards, Rajesh http://www.unichost.com
It would be fantastic, if China was as good in respecting human rights, as it is, in making strives in technology.
Firstly, as per the comment from Leon, the Frence TGV has broken the record at 574.8Km/h so what is this article referring to? Second, the TGV in France and the ICE is Germany has many services which consistently run at between 200 and 400Km/h for many years. The Eurostar between London and Paris runs at 300Km/h. The U.S. is so far behind all these countries (and not just in train technology) its laughable.
What really was broken ? http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1mhza_montage-record-du-tgv- a-574-8-km-h_tech
Impressive testing; but how fast will it be allowed to run once it's in full service? And I agree that our records are terrible compared to theirs, but ... is a 300 mph train really of any use? They would only be good for non-stop long trips; most traiin trips I've been on have been stop & go though they did travel about 70 mph on the long runs where the terrain was level. It really had to slow for curves and hills. Just idle thinking, that's all. I wonder how the costs will compare to flying? And the size of the trainyards to an airport?
OK - so how many of you know where the design of the locomotive was inspired? Check out the San Diego Zoo's biomimicry page for more information! Mr. Syntropic...
Did they obtain the technology from another country/company or develop it themselves? They are quite adept at "borrowing" technology from others. The Russians are kicking themselves for selling the production plans to China for its latest fighters. Now the Chinese build their own, and compete with Russia selling export copies. China would like to buy 2 (yes, 2) copies of the latest airplane design from Russia so they can reverse engineer it, and build their own version. Why spend the time and money to develop your own technology when it is so much easier and cheaper to steal from others?
I find it worth reflecting on this entry about Chinese high speed trains and the reference to California high speed train also in todays list of articles (and the authors of both entries refer to China as being back level) Apparantly - China has laid 4680 miles of high speed track - California has APPROVED but not yet laid 65 miles - ratio 89-to-1 - China - California - area ratio 23-to-1 - China - California - population 34-to-1 To my knowledge California has no "high speed tracks" even remotely reaching the Chinese velocity So no matter how you compare China is far ahead of California when it comes to high speed trains (by a factor of 3 or 4). Fascinating ! (Not sure what to conclude, though - except that China is catching up quickly)
With an average speed of 150 mph this is a nice train. The link above has the US waiting until 2040 to see those speeds betweek New York and Washington DC. I thought the billion dollar Acela was supposed capable of 150 mph? Why does it run at 80?
So wait, the Chinese could do it, but not the US? Darn centralized governments, all they can do is those big jobs.