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2 years ago  ::  Dec 23, 2012 - 12:26AM #1
Dostojevsky
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Terminal velocity: China tests world's longest high-speed rail line in the world.

I thought this was interesting, always preffered train travel to any other. The best way to see countryside 

China has set a new record by successfully testing the longest high-speed rail line in the world, capable of covering 700 kilometers in only two and a half hours.


More than 100 reporters had the chance to experience the top speed of over 300 km an hour on the northern segment of the 2,298 kilometer Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway line. Their 693 km test drive from Beijing to Zhengzhou took only two and a half hours to complete.


The entire route is expected to open on December 26 and is designed to reduce the travel time to about 8 hours from the current 20 plus hours by the existing lines. The railway has 35 stops and is designed to hit speeds of 350 km per hour.
The aerodynamic bullet train makes little noise and offers reclining seats and a stainless steel toilet with slightly more bathroom space than would usually be found on an airliner.


China's high-speed rail network was only established in 2007, by 2010 it already covered 8,358 kilometers of track. China aims to increase that number to 16,000 kilometers by 2020.
rt.com/news/chinas-high-speed-train-657/

That's what all the countries should be doing; spend their money on their own people and not on wars. imho* 


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2 years ago  ::  Dec 23, 2012 - 2:21AM #2
Fodaoson
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At over 200 mph  there will not be a good viewof  the country 

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2 years ago  ::  Dec 23, 2012 - 3:59AM #3
shmuelgoldstein
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Dec 23, 2012 -- 12:26AM, Dostojevsky wrote:

... That's what all the countries should be doing; spend their money on their own people and not on wars. imho* 



Kewl.


 

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2 years ago  ::  Dec 23, 2012 - 11:15AM #4
TemplarS
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The thing about China is, it is always easier to invest in new technologies when there is no existing infrastucture.   You can either build high speed rail, or low speed rail/roads/airports/planes etc.


But I agree, rail needs to be part of the transportation web.  Even in the US today, the Acela (not high speed, but 150 MPH or so) is the best way to get from, say, NYC to Washington.  The drive is horrible and the airlines/airports in the US these days are beyond help; while the Acela is a very pleasant trip.


And, sure, you can see the scenery from 200 MPH.  Just not the closest few hundred feet.  I've got a series of very nice photos taken from the bullet train in Japan.




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2 years ago  ::  Dec 23, 2012 - 11:29AM #5
mountain_man
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Dec 23, 2012 -- 12:26AM, Dostojevsky wrote:

...That's what all the countries should be doing; spend their money on their own people and not on wars. imho*


We're trying in California. The idea was proposed in the late 1990's, funding approved in 2008, and the first leg is scheduled to come online in 2022. The whole thing will be finished in 2029. Add at least three years to those dates.


Not a very good way to build things.

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2 years ago  ::  Dec 23, 2012 - 5:17PM #6
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They need to stop building stuff on the surface and dig undergrounds so that less environmental damage and animal paths are endangered.


It is costlier in the short-term but there are savings in insulation as well as disaster protection from everything except earthquake and terrorism.

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2 years ago  ::  Dec 24, 2012 - 5:28AM #7
Dostojevsky
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Dec 23, 2012 -- 2:21AM, Fodaoson wrote:


At over 200 mph  there will not be a good view of  the country 




Yes I suppose if you look sideways...

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2 years ago  ::  Dec 24, 2012 - 7:22AM #8
in_my_opinion
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Dec 24, 2012 -- 5:28AM, Dostojevsky wrote:


Dec 23, 2012 -- 2:21AM, Fodaoson wrote:


At over 200 mph  there will not be a good view of  the country 




Yes I suppose if you look sideways...



If we keep roading, railing, bridging, roofing, sky-scraping and parking lotting everything; there won't be anything to look at except our own arrogant and careless "progress".


Build under the land or waters, ya dig?

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2 years ago  ::  Dec 24, 2012 - 7:51AM #9
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It's the earthquakes that would concern me.

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2 years ago  ::  Dec 24, 2012 - 8:56AM #10
Ebon
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I've always preferred to travel by train. I'm too big to comfortably fit in a coach seat and being crammed in a small metal box for hours on end is just torture. Rail is by far the most civilised way to travel. I can stretch my legs, have a cup of coffee and read the paper.

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