High Speed Rail Visitors board a new testing model of a CSR high-speed bullet train during its launching ceremony in Qingdao

Published on January 11th, 2012 | by Andrew Meggison

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New High Speed Train Sets Records

China has tested its latest in high speed rail. A train made of plastic materials and carbon fiber rocketed down the tracks at a Chinese record setting 311 mph (500 kilometers per hour). If put into use, this will be the fastest, conventional-wheeled train, exceeded in speed only by Japanese MAGLEV trains.

According to officials, the new train boasts a number of new technologies and materials, including carbon fiber and magnesium alloys. Sound insulation was a major issue, and one that was eventually resolved. The train is designed to look like an ancient Chinese sword and is made by Sifang Locomotive, a subsidiary of CSR Corp Ltd.

The six carriage train sports a tapered head, and boasts of a maximum drawing power of 22,800 kilowatts — compared to the current CRH380 trains that have 9,600 kilowatts of drawing power.

With the help of government funds since 2006, China is home to the largest high speed rail network in the world. The goal for China is to have 16,000 kilometers of dedicated high-speed rail lines connecting all of China’s major cities by 2020.

With such large projects there is always bound to be problems and China’s rail system has certainly had its share in recent months.  Corruption, safety issues, and fare issues have all been problematic but these problems are not slowing China down.

The test run of the new train was successful but that does not mean that when and if the new train is put into service the train will move at its full speed. China has slowed all of its high speed trains down after a collision in July.

The train “will provide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations,” quoted train expert Shen Zhiyun.

With the new train and nationwide record secured, China continues to be the world’s leader in high speed rail.

Source: physorg.com

Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison

 

 



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Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison



  • DaGuy

    Hi to all

    According to various sources we have a train with wheels, the TGV with a 2007 record too.

    “The current TGV world speed record is 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph), achieved on 3 April 2007.”

    “French set new rail speed record;TGV 574 KM/H April 3rd 2007.”

    “Record mondial de vitesse sur rail, le 3 avril 2007 à 13h13 sur France 2. Vitesse : 574,8km/h.”

  • Uncle B

    All of these are electric bullet trains – oil free! These countries move huge working class for astoundingly small amounts, faster than even flying in America. These countries are using nuclear energy, and soon, very soon, thorium fissioned, clean nuclear energy, as Bill Gates escapes the “American Nuclear Establishment” – a stuck on stupid, stuck on Uranium fissioning, and with no answer in sight for the wastes thus produced, for China and Thorium fueled reactors, even capable of using U.S. spent fuel for fuel. Wait now, the rest of the story: Chinese battery cars planned, lithium, and lithium batteries made in Russia, shared and binding technologies involved, huge Siberian resources accessed, all in Yuan not U.S. Dollars – the new “world of energy” where American and Fuckoshima technologies prove to be dated, 1950’s stuff with Japanese built digitals replacing American Analogs being the only significant change in forty years – Even China, Tsinghua University, has Pebble Bed Gas reactors up and running – and China is home to a CANDU reactor from Canada, up and running as we speak, on Thorium, for the “Thorium Doubters” in the room. America asleep at the wheel, rested on its laurels so long it has been passed by!
    Lower cost of living, healthy diet, for Chinese workers equals lower wages needed for survival, lower product prices on world markets, and especially the vast Pan Eurasian market place the one the U.S. is missing out on, due to its obsession with oil, uranium, and Israel. This is not an anti-Semitic remark! It must be taken as an Anti-corporate remark, a concern for the MIC (Military/Industrial Complex), its relationship to Israeli investors, bankers, and the closeness of the “Feds” in all this, and calls for the Question: Could these forces be bad for the average American voter, the peon in the streets? And how much pressure/power/ influence, is there in this “Evil Corporate Triangle”?
    America needs Solar, Wave, Wind, Hydro, Tidal, Geothermal, Biomass, Thorium, all domestic energy. America needs jobs. America needs to restore her manufacturing prowess. America needs a good American car, not the recalled Volt. America needs electric bullet trains. America needs Bill Gates “Uranium Wastes Eating’ reactors. America needs Thorium, clean, cheap, reactors, America needs a better diet. America needs to detach from the Great Corporate American Propaganda Whore – a full exposee of her falsehoods her Bull Shiite, her terrible bending of American values, her astounding mesmerizations, her rewriting of modern history, her notions of military victory – a word she has conveniently re-defined to save face. America needs to see that the a Pan Eurasian Empire, unassaulted by the Great Corporate American Propaganda Whore, has so moved ahead, with fascinating innovations, even Science beyond the understanding of American savants in their “Ivory Towers” of 1950’s information, this noise they spew out, with the useless diplomas, machine signed, for their convenience – education in the U.S. by Obama’s own sad admission, 39th and falling in this world . Latest Science advances published in Mandarin first now, not English anymore. and not really understood by our 19th century tenured intellectual garbage as they age, displacing smarter faster minds, space holders from an age gone by – the “American Golden Age” They are the filthy patina on its tombstone, and the cause of the unemployment among educated Americans today.

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