By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Design
An innovative sword-shaped test train reached a world record-breaking speed of 311 mph.
"Bigger, better faster" is a perhaps the most apt way to describe China's ambitious approach to revamping its infrastructure. For instance, the world's second largest economy boasts the two longest bridges in the world, including the world's longest seabridge unveiled back in July.
And while the country is already home to the world's fastest passenger trains, they're recently shown that they're still working hard to outdo even themselves. Over the weekend, local train manufacturer CSR Corp successfully completed a trial run of their fastest train yet. China Daily reported that the test train reached a world record-breaking speed of 311 mph. Previously, the title of fastest passenger train was held by the Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway, which operated at a top speed of 300 kilometers per hour.
The shape of the train is designed to aerodynamically cut through drag like a knife -- literally. Stretching six carriages long, the front end is tapered to a fine point, similar to sharp edge of an ancient Chinese sword. It's powered by a system capable of 22,800 kilowatts and is comprised of lightweight plastic material, magnesium alloy and reinforced with carbon fiber. In comparison, China Railways High-Speed (CRH) trains run at 9,600 kilowatts.
The test run also shows that Chinese officials have remained undaunted by a series of setbacks that bring into question the safety of moving passengers at such high velocity. In July, two bullet trains ran into each other in the Zhejiang province, a tragic accident that left 40 people dead. And an investigation by the New York times revealed that engineers were cutting corners by using low-quality hardening agents to fill in the concrete bases that stabilize the tracks.
So will China put in operation trains that push commuters beyond what is considered safe travel? I'd say very unlikely, considering that the government has begun to backtrack by requiring that bullet trains operate at rate a few notches below what they're capable of. For instance, trains with a top speed of 350 kh will be lowered to 300 kilometers per hour.
And as for this latest feat, locomotive expert Shen Zhiyun told China Daily that the test run will merely serve as "useful reference for current high-speed railway operations."
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Dec 28, 2011
Maglev line between Tokyo and Nagoya will be made as early as in April. The trains can run at speeds of up to 500 kilometers (310 miles) per hour. from: http://seepnrstatus.in/
As per the Guinness book of World Records, ultimate fastest train speed ever recorded, was Japanese prototype JR-Maglev MLX01, which has been clocked at 361 mph (581 km/h) during a test run in th year of 2003. And in 2007, a specially tuned model of the French TGV bullet train reached at 357 mph (575 km/h), earning the world record for the fastest conventional train. Source: http://www.getpnrstatus.co.in/
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The trains of today are still rolling on a 300 year old kind of rail, no wonder there is not much progress...... If I had the bookie I would know better...
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My parents, living in Oregon, were always interested in China. I picked up their interest at age 9. I am really impressed at how far China has gone since I began watching China in 1950. In the 60's I read Mao's little red book. Still have my copy. Now I prefer to buy Chinese solar panels. I plan to go to China to ride the bullet train in 2013. I am planning to retire in China. I want to live the Chinese magic carpet ride into the future. No place better.
Stop your bickering about products made in China. You are not living in the 80's and 90's any more. Although I have to admit Asian countries need to better understand standards of the country they are exporting to. Importers are also to blame as they too ignore standards in favor of the bottom line.
Well, those that complain about the lack of progress in their own countries should come to Argentina and look at our trains... you would never believe it. Just one ride on them and none of your close friends or family will recognize you any more. The Buenos Aires subway system (first one in Southamerica, about 1910) is still running some lines (like the A line) with the ORIGINAL wagons!!! they are 100 years old --and they look it and feel it (they shake so much that your teeth clatter and if you try to speak, forgetting about the horrendous decibels, your voice wobbles. So, my friends, do not complain so much, there's always someone in worse conditions than you.
People in any nation can get more done if they cooperate. Our biggest challenge today is to stop global warming from burning oil , by building a solar powered economy. Require Utilities to pay us $0.54 Kwh for feeding solar onto the grid, like they do in Germany.
spends Trillions on ifrastructure. It is depressing because we could have also done the same, if our Military Industrial Complex did not own our Congressmen and the media also.
"So will China put in operation trains that push commuters beyond what is considered safe travel? Iâd say very unlikely..." - Right, this author actually believes the Chines Government will side with caution for the passengers over getting the job done as cheaply as possible after citing the example of them going cheap on the adhesive for the tracks that killed 40 people? Seriously? Is this guy that naive or is he getting paid off by the Chines to write this baloney?? Five me a break smart planet...
It would be a great idea if USA followed this idea and had fast trains between large cities such as Miami to New York etc, people would love to travel instead of waiting in the long lines at air ports, molested with impunity by the TSA and arrive at the destination to find your suit case in either relieved of some of its contents or crushed beyond repair. I traveled once from London to Paris by the "EUROSTAR". I thought that was fast. But the Chinese have won this game hands down. Hats off to those engineers.
I'm confused a bit about the speeds.... in same paragraph, you write 311 MPH and 300 KPH. It makes it confusing when you mix measurement standards, and impossible to compare unless we do our own calculations. is it "really" 311 MILES per hour, which makes us then convert to kilometers per hour on our own to arrive at 503 kph? then yes, 503 kph is exponentially faster than 300 kph. but I wonder if you really mean 311 KILOMETERS per hour, in which case the speed difference is just 11 kph, and more of a small incremental step. and when did China start using MILES anyway, I thought they were on metric system. *snip* Over the weekend, local train manufacturer CSR Corp successfully completed a trial run of their fastest train yet. China Daily reported that the test train reached a world record-breaking speed of 311 mph. Previously, the title of fastest passenger train was held by the Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway, which operated at a top speed of 300 kilometers per hour. *end snip*
This train has run at 311 mph = 500 km/h. A French TGV has run at 357.2 mph / 574.8 km/h. How is this Chinese train the "world's fastest"?
i read once that in China they manufacture three different categories or qualities, from the raunchy cheap to the most luxurious items. As you said, importers import the cheapest lines, since they already found out that people look only for low pricing, quality being something of no concern.
Read the book: "Energy Imperative" by Hermann Scheer and you will see how fast one person can change their own country, if they spend 1 hour each day trying.
The OIL corporations dominate. All that is necessary to end our OIL war policy is for each city to adopt a Solar feed in tariff to require utilities to pay anyone who feeds solar onto the grid $0.54 kwh. Don't mourn, organize. - Joe Hill.
China is a team. They came from poverty caused by US exploitation. They drove out the US corporations. Now they are free to chase the solar butterfly into the future, free of coal, oil & nukes. Great work. China will achieve 100% solar power by 2050. Let us all work to make California 100% solar by 2050.
The Chinese do not mess with their infrastructure, as those will affect national pride as well as the reputation and performance records of the officials involved, which is paramount to their advancement. In addition, if a serious enough offense does take place, the offenders be quickly trialed and shot. They do not appeal a death sentence for 20 years over there...
And here in the US, politics opposes all progress, trains, bullet trains, renewable energy, green energy, and refuses to accept the fact that there is such a thing as "climate change". No wonder China has progressed within a short time. What will our future generation going to say about this? I guess ... pathetic.
The conversion factor between miles and km is 1.6. This means that 100 miles equals 160 km. Yes, China is using the metric system like everybody else, except East Timor, the US and some other country I cannot remember right now.
The French train was a one time destructive test on a dedicated test track that destroyed both the train and track after one run, it was a stunt, and real TGV trains run at less than 300kph in regular operation. This train is designed to test technology that allow regular, everyday operation at 500kph, compared to current 300kph trains running on Chinese HSR (and that's reduced from 350 kph pending signalling system fixes after the July crash). You can bet this train will travel much faster than than TGV during testing.
I hope Mr. Scheer changed HIS country (whichever it is) in just one hour of solid work into a splendid paradise on earth and went directly to write his book, surrounded by beautiful cherry trees in full bloom, singing birds, polite citizenry, total absence of crime, of dope and air pollution (you add more nasty things I could have left out). I find it amazing that people can write books with those propositions and more amazing yet, people predisposed to buy them, to read them and more yet... to BELIEVE in what they read!!! No wonder the world is in this conditions...
Trains are not progress. Advancing personal transport, i.e. driverless cars, makes much more sense. America has always moved "Forward" by promoting freedom of choice and opportunity for the individual, not Five Years Plans and brutal oppression from the central government telling us how to go from place to place. So-called "bullet" trains are not energy-efficient. You can't change the laws of physics. If you want to save the planet, stay home.
That's why a one party system works, everyone's in the same family so you're encouraged to work out your differences. You're also not obligated to take an opposing view on what the other party proposes even if you agreed with them. Efficient, fast, and results-oriented.
The TGV that set the 357 mph/574 kph record actually was just a slightly souped-up set of locomotives pulling an otherwise relatively normal TGV trainset, running on a recently completed portion of the TGV Est line toward Germany. It did not "destroy" the trainset or the tracks by any measure, though they did retrofit the trainset back to normal TGV standards after the record run. In fact, my wife, daughter and I had the privilege of riding on the very first paying-passenger west-bound TGV on that very line on June 10, 2007, several months after the record run ... So, yes, the line survived the test run, and I'm sure the locomotives are in service somewhere on the TGV network. Like China, the point of such high-speed tests is to explore the ultimate capability of HSR trainsets, then the "operational speeds" are set as a specific percentage of that ultimate speed capability. Not even China would "operate" a trainset with paying passengers anywhere near its ultimate speed capability... they may be able to run a train at 500 kph, but that means they are rating it for in-service operation at somewhere between 60%-80% of that speed (depending on how daring they are...). That means an operating speed of 300-400 kph... very fast, but not superhuman.