High speed trains will cross the states in the upcoming decades, but at slower speeds than China's trains
By Katherine Bagley
Posted 04.11.2011 at 1:03 pm 0 Comments
Last December, a prototype passenger train traveling between Shanghai and Beijing reached 302 mph, breaking the speed record for unmodified commercial-use high-speed rail. The feat, a culmination of six years of development by CSR Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock, was an example of the revolution quietly transforming rail.
A few weeks ago, a train glided out of a station in Hangzhou, China, bound for Shanghai some 125 miles to the northeast. It arrived less than an hour later, cutting the usual commute time in half. Some trains on the line average 220 miles per hour, making it the fastest daily train in the world.
Chinese workers built this country’s railroad system 150 years ago, laying track for less than $30 a month in a grand effort to connect the coasts for the first time. Future railroad systems might also be built by the Chinese — or Chinese-owned firms, at least. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to spur Chinese interest in helping his beleaguered state build a new high-speed rail network.
France unveils an ultra-speedy train that's roomier and more efficient than its predecessors
By Seth Fletcher
Posted 02.05.2008 at 2:40 pm 2 Comments
Here it is: the high-speed train your kids will take when they backpack around Europe. Its called the AGV (Automotrice a Grand Vitesse, which translates to High-Speed Self-Propelled Unit). This 224 mph machine is the successor to the TGV, which started the European high-speed train boom in the early 1980s.
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