China Unveils 310 MPH High-Speed Test Train
December 26, 2011 9:51 AM
comment(s) - last by
China's new 500 km/h high-speed train
(Source: China Daily)
It launched over the weekend and was created to resemble an ancient Chinese sword
experiencing a number of issues
earlier this year, China launched a new super-rapid test train this past weekend.
The new high-speed train
can travel as fast as 500 km/h
(about 310 mph), and was made by a subsidiary China's largest train provider CSR Corp Ltd. It launched over the weekend and was created to resemble an ancient Chinese sword.
"[It] will provide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations," said Shen Zhiyun, a train expert.
The train consists of six cars, and has a maximum tractive power of 22,800 kilowatts. According to Ding Sansan, CSR's chief technician, the train's bodywork consists of plastic materials "reinforced with carbon fiber."
China's $1T USD high-speed rail bid
hopes to build 13,000 km (8,078 miles) of high-speed rail network by 2012, and about 20,000 km (12,427 miles) by 2020.
This new launch comes after a series of high-speed train-related troubles throughout 2011. In February, Liu Zhijun, former Railways Ministry chief, was accused of pocketing $122 million USD and terminated from his position from corruption charges. In July, a collision between two high-speed trains in Wenzhou killed at least 40 people and injured another 210.
Other issues with China's high-speed trains included the use of low-quality materials to build the tracks, which led to trains nearly derailing and the country having to drop the top speed of trains from 218 mph to 186 mph, and costly ticket prices for the use of high-speed trains. These problems led to slowed construction of the rail system, which worried some that the project could eventually lead to bank failures.
"In China, we will have a debt crisis -- a high-speed rail debt crisis," said Zhao Jian, a professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, earlier this year. "I think it is more serious than your subprime mortgage crisis. You can always leave a house or use it. The rail system is there. It's a burden. You must operate the rail system, and when you operate it, the cost is very high."
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Where's the USA at
12/27/2011 3:54:55 PM
When speaking of the NE corridor, the reason its so bad, is that it was laid out when the average speed of a locomotive was maybe 40 mph. Well, maybe not 40, but certainly slower and steam driven. 200mph running would have been unthinkable of back then.
I agree with you on the taxes though, the federal gas tax is 18 years stagnant, and our roads and bridges are falling apart because of it.
"It seems as though my state-funded math degree has failed me. Let the lashings commence." -- DailyTech Editor-in-Chief Kristopher Kubicki
China Slows High Speed Trains Amid Reports of Shoddy Construction
April 28, 2011, 6:27 PM
China Breaks Its Own Train Speed Record, Will Spend 1 Trillion USD on High Speed Rail
September 30, 2010, 10:11 AM
U.S. Left in the Dust as China Unveils World's Fastest High Speed Train
June 7, 2010, 7:08 AM
Former Android OS Chief Heading New Google Robotics Group
December 4, 2013, 1:20 PM
Dow Chemical to NYC City Council: You Don't Even Know What Styrofoam is!
December 2, 2013, 8:30 PM
Retired Israel Air Force Commander: UAVs Need to Dogfight Before Replacing Fighter Pilots
November 27, 2013, 3:59 PM
Eating High-Fat Diet During Puberty May Increase Speed of Breast Cancer Development
November 27, 2013, 2:15 PM
Mayor Bloomberg Says No More Polystyrene Foam Dishes in NYC, Says it Can Cause Cancer
November 25, 2013, 11:51 AM
NASA Rejects Billionaire's Mission to Mars
November 22, 2013, 12:31 PM
Most Popular Articles
NSA Snares Americans' Porn Viewing Histories in Effort to Target Muslims
December 1, 2013, 9:00 PM
Coalition of 20+ Tech Firms Backs MRAM as Potential DRAM, NAND Replacement
November 29, 2013, 11:59 PM
Fed Up With Cheating OEMs, Microsoft Trolls Chromebooks in New Ad
November 27, 2013, 4:09 PM
Xbox? PCs? Mobile? Microsoft Wants One Windows to Rule Them All
November 25, 2013, 8:21 PM
Seattle Restaurant Bans Google Glass, Tells Wearers to "Just shut up and get out"
November 27, 2013, 10:27 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
Is The Period Becoming an Expression of Anger?
Nov 26, 2013, 2:02 PM
NSA and Congress -- You Will Never Kill the Constitution, It's an Idea
Nov 10, 2013, 2:00 PM
AT&T Explores $100B+ USD Deal to Acquire Vodafone's European Operations
Nov 4, 2013, 7:34 AM
U.S. Army Developing Cyber, Electronic War Arsenal
Oct 31, 2013, 4:49 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information