World’s fastest bullet train can travel between Beijing and Shanghai in 4.5 hours

September 25, 2017 by  
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Traveling between Shanghai and Beijing can take more than 12 hours by car, or over eight hours on public transportation . But a new bullet train could slash those travel times. China recently launched the fastest bullet train in the world that travels at a speed of 217 miles per hour. This month, China launched the world’s quickest bullet train in Beijing. The service is called Fuxing and will travel the route between the country’s capital and Shanghai – a 777-mile trek – in around four hours and 30 minutes. Related: China takes on the Hyperloop with a supersonic ‘flying train’ This isn’t the first time China has run a 350 kilometer per hour (km/h) bullet train. They first launched a train that travels at that speed in August 2008, but lowered speed limits in 2011 to 186 miles an hour after a two-train crash close to Wenzhou that killed 40 people. A signaling failure caused the crash, according to Al Jazeera. The BBC said Fuxing trains have an improved monitoring system that can slow the trains down and stop them if there’s an emergency. Now the Chinese government is thinking of building more bullet trains, and taking their technology abroad. Experts wonder about the economic benefits of the super fast bullet train – estimates from international think tanks indicate it could cost 90 percent more to construct lines for 217 mph trains than for those that only travel at 155 mph. Economics professor Zhao Jian told Al Jazeera, “The purpose of raising the speed is mainly symbolic. The train is the fastest in the world, which implies the strength of Chinese train technology and science.” According to The Telegraph, the country has laid over 12,400 miles of high-speed rail , and aim to add 6,214 more miles by 2020. Along with looking to take their technology overseas, according to the BBC, China’s rail operator might even be looking into how to upgrade tracks so that trains could travel at speeds close to 250 mph. Via The Telegraph , Al Jazeera , and the BBC Images via screenshot and Pixabay

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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

September 29, 2014 by  
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Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train – and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the first public test of its new magnetic levitation train! Whereas traditional HSR trains run on conventional tracks, limiting top speeds to around 200 mph, the new maglev train can hit 311 mph using “L-Zero” technology – and it can zip passengers from Tokyo to Nagoya in 40 minutes flat. The system is expected to be operational by 2027. Read the rest of Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bullet train , Central Japan Railway Company , fast trains , high speed rail , HSR , Japan , L-Zero , Maglev

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Texas Central Railway Plans 200 MPH Bullet Train From Houston to Dallas

August 4, 2014 by  
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Texas Central Railway is developing a blazing fast 200 mph bullet train that will run from Houston to Dallas. Richard Lawless, the company’s CEO, said he was inspired by the time he spent living in Tokyo during the 1980s, where the Shinkansen bullet train travels at 100 mph between Tokyo and Oaska. Read the rest of Texas Central Railway Plans 200 MPH Bullet Train From Houston to Dallas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bullet train , Dallas , Houston , Houston Dallas bullet train , Richard Lawless , Shinkansen bullet train , Texas Central Railway , Tokyo bullet train

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Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing

June 5, 2013 by  
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Japan is working on a blazing fast 310 mph maglev “floating” train – and the latest prototype just hit the tracks for testing! This week Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) unveiled the top-of-the-line Lo series maglev train, which is currently slated to enter commercial operation between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027. The new train service will bypass the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, slashing travel time between the two cities from two and a half hours to one hour and seven minutes. Read the rest of Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bullet train , Central Japan Railway Co , floating train , high speed rail , lo series , Lo train , Maglev , maglev train , prototype train        

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How one engineer’s birdwatching made Japan’s bullet train better

October 19, 2012 by  
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A high-speed rail operator needed its trains to be faster and quieter. Its manager turned to owls and kingfishers for inspiration.

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Rage against the machines? Revolutionizing industrial design

October 19, 2012 by  
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How do you create a "next industrial revolution" with the last revolution's machines? With tinkering, tenacity and TLC.

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California Bullet Train Project Will No Longer Get Environmental Exception

June 22, 2012 by  
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California  Governor Jerry Brown has courted controversy for protecting the state’s bullet train project from environmental regulations, but it seems he’s now done a U-turn saying he  plans to withdraw his proposal to do so. The 360 seems odd considering that in the past, he even went so far as to propose modifications to the  California Environmental Quality Act  in order to start construction of the high-speed rail project. The entire plan has drawn criticism over mounting costs, which are rumoured to  total nearly $100 billion  and some officials have even said that the rail system, which would run between several major metro areas and through the Central Valley, would struggle to make its costs back. However the project is still going ahead and construction is set to start this December. Read the rest of California Bullet Train Project Will No Longer Get Environmental Exception Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , California Environmental Quality Act , californian bullet train , californian high speed rain , emissions , Governor Brown , green transportation , high speed rail , jerry brown , natural defense research council , Sierra Club

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$10 Billion Bullet Train Proposed Between Houston and Fort Worth, Texas

May 7, 2012 by  
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Bullet trains in Texas by 2020? That’s the proposal laid out by the Texas Central Railroad, and it could become a reality if it can come up with $10 billion in private funding. The railway would connect Houston with Fort Worth, Texas and travel at 205 miles per hour, making the trip in less than 90 minutes. Read the rest of $10 Billion Bullet Train Proposed Between Houston and Fort Worth, Texas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bullet train , Central Texas high speed rail , Huston Ft Worth trian , Texas Central Railroad , Texas high speed rail , Texas Rail

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China Claims High-Speed Train Breaks Speed Record

October 27, 2010 by  
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China’s high speed rail service has been making headlines for months, breaking speed records , and announcing plans to make rail links from Asia to Europe . However this week, the Chinese rail service is claiming yet another record has been smashed by one of their locally produced trains reaching a top speed of 262 miles per hour – the fastest ever by a scheduled train. But there is a bit of controversy – read on to see why some people are questioning China’s claim

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