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China tests 500 kilometers per hour train

Posted on Wednesday, 28 December, 2011 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: BFB

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China have tested a new high speed train over the weekend that blows all competition out of the water.

The super fast train built by Sifang Locomotive is almost twice the speed of the previous record held by Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway. China have spent a great deal of money over the last few years on it's high speed rail network with plans to lay over 16,000km of tracks by 2020 to connect every major city.

"China tested a 500 kilometers per hour (311 mph) train over the weekend."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by SewerRat on 28 December, 2011, 23:07
@ angi chiesa: 70mph? - that's odd - I live in the UK and regularly travel on intercity trains at 125mph. Faster ones have been built but not in common use as yet. We have also had train crashes and, like all countries, strive to improve safety records and minimise/eliminate such disasters. As for the point in speed, should we abandon jet air travel and go back to hot air balloons and the zeppelin?
Comment icon #8 Posted by angi chiesa on 29 December, 2011, 2:20
ok sewer rat,I choose not to travel inthese high speed VIRGIN trains.I am not happy at speeds faster than 70mph.I fly to Bangkok several times a year No problem for me.I would love to fly in a modern airship,hydrogen filled.I was a fighter pilot in the 60s.You can keep you high speed trains
Comment icon #9 Posted by angi chiesa on 29 December, 2011, 2:45
Wow did I write HYDROGEN filled...Meant HELIUM filled.Ok so I have a degree in engineering,so in my opinion the width,or guage,of the railways in the Uk are too NARROW for high speeds. Also there are often problems with the condition of the rails. A disaster waitng to happen
Comment icon #10 Posted by Rhino666 on 29 December, 2011, 8:59
I wonder how many people died in the making.
Comment icon #11 Posted by SewerRat on 29 December, 2011, 9:36
I do wish you hadn't included the brand name Virgin in your response to my drivel. That bearded schoolboy thing that runs the show makes me a little embarrassed about my past patronage of his trains and planes. As for blimps (inflammable or no) I have never tried one, regarding high altitude dirigibles more as the remit of the aforementioned 'adventurer'. Neither have I been to Bangkok (though to a great many other places). Without the pressures of work (blasted customers) I should be very happy to see the rest of the world by sea. I'm also fond of stargazing and as sceptical... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by angi chiesa on 29 December, 2011, 10:42
Thanks for the chummy reply.Interestingly you mentioned the sea.I have owned a series of sea goilg sailing cats.The last one was a high performance cruiser. Did you agree that our rail track is narrow for high speed. Even with banked tracks leaning carriages I would rather plod along for an extra hour. Thailand has very slow sometimes 40mph.Narrow tracks so no hope of high speeds except for the new Bangkok overhead system.Take care Ratty
Comment icon #13 Posted by ~C.S.M~ on 29 December, 2011, 10:45
wow 500 km/h? I like that
Comment icon #14 Posted by SewerRat on 29 December, 2011, 11:24
Yes, our track system is too narrow and just wrong for high speed stuff. I always thought the maglev idea worked best (like the airport shuttle that runs from Shanghai out to Pudong). That requires a purpose built track that the train just floats above and geometrically correct banks and chicanes. As an engineering type you'll know all about centripetal forces, beeswax and hairy string. I always fancied a seagoing boat but I'm a bit of a fairweather sailor so would need a lot of bucket space and very little bacon. Cats and tri-meringues look wonderfully stable but I've always had... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by JJsDietFitness on 30 December, 2011, 21:48
Yeah, great Chinese accomplishments! Wonder if they even paid the labor to build the thing. At least they were fed....

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