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(CNN)   New bullet train in China has no driver, goes 350-kph. A doubting Thomas doesn't buy it   (cnn.com) divider line
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2020-01-08 03:16:47 AM  
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You've entered a Johnny Train. Hope you enjoyed the ride!
 
2020-01-08 03:59:12 AM  
Is there a chance the track could bend?
 
2020-01-08 04:18:32 AM  
Well, the carriages are equipped with ... 2,718 sensors to collect real-time data and detect any operational abnormalities.

Back at the station, robots and facial recognition technologies have been deployed to help passengers with directions, luggage and paperless check-ins.


Any time I see "smart" technology I expect this kind of thing, but I think I'd especially pass since it's China.
But so few people seem to care.
 
2020-01-08 04:20:53 AM  
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2020-01-08 04:32:34 AM  
Too bad there's not a way to use directed jets of air to clear the windshield, that wiper isn't helping the aesthetics or aerodynamics.
 
2020-01-08 04:42:56 AM  
Was in China several times last year, and took trains to travel many times. About 1200 km from Beijing to Xi'an in a touch over 4 hours; first class for $80. Superb trains, and 300-350 km/h didn't feel like it. The maglev from Pudong to Longyang Road, though, touching 450 km/h, was insanely awesome.
 
2020-01-08 04:56:14 AM  

Mr_Vimes: Was in China several times last year, and took trains to travel many times. About 1200 km from Beijing to Xi'an in a touch over 4 hours; first class for $80. Superb trains, and 300-350 km/h didn't feel like it. The maglev from Pudong to Longyang Road, though, touching 450 km/h, was insanely awesome.


dammitsomuch I want these so badly in the USA and it will NEVER happen. Our economy here is so tied in to the auto-gas-fast food model that any disruption would cause a financial jolt. The oligarchs simply will not allow that.

/ Never in my lifetime, the scum.
// Robbed just like they did me with the space station i was supposed to be living in RIGHT NOW!
 
2020-01-08 05:16:56 AM  

CrazyCurt: Mr_Vimes: Was in China several times last year, and took trains to travel many times. About 1200 km from Beijing to Xi'an in a touch over 4 hours; first class for $80. Superb trains, and 300-350 km/h didn't feel like it. The maglev from Pudong to Longyang Road, though, touching 450 km/h, was insanely awesome.

dammitsomuch I want these so badly in the USA and it will NEVER happen. Our economy here is so tied in to the auto-gas-fast food model that any disruption would cause a financial jolt. The oligarchs simply will not allow that.

/ Never in my lifetime, the scum.
// Robbed just like they did me with the space station i was supposed to be living in RIGHT NOW!


A few years ago, I took the Amtrak (California Zephyr) from SF(Emeryville) to Reno. Not fast (288 km in 6 hrs) but, considering the route, it was fantastic. First class was $40 but I spent most of the journey in the observation car chatting with people, enjoying the views, and drinking a few beers. I'm tempted to take it to Salt Lake next time, maybe all the way to Chicago - that would be quite the trip - and, if I have the time, why not.
 
2020-01-08 06:23:27 AM  
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2020-01-08 08:17:19 AM  

Mr_Vimes: Was in China several times last year, and took trains to travel many times. About 1200 km from Beijing to Xi'an in a touch over 4 hours; first class for $80. Superb trains, and 300-350 km/h didn't feel like it. The maglev from Pudong to Longyang Road, though, touching 450 km/h, was insanely awesome.


Jesus, just how many of those fuxing trains do they have??
 
2020-01-08 08:22:36 AM  

fusillade762: Is there a chance the track could bend?


I call the big one Bitey.
 
2020-01-08 08:30:22 AM  

Mr_Vimes: Was in China several times last year, and took trains to travel many times. About 1200 km from Beijing to Xi'an in a touch over 4 hours; first class for $80. Superb trains, and 300-350 km/h didn't feel like it. The maglev from Pudong to Longyang Road, though, touching 450 km/h, was insanely awesome.


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2020-01-08 08:31:31 AM  

CrazyCurt: Mr_Vimes: Was in China several times last year, and took trains to travel many times. About 1200 km from Beijing to Xi'an in a touch over 4 hours; first class for $80. Superb trains, and 300-350 km/h didn't feel like it. The maglev from Pudong to Longyang Road, though, touching 450 km/h, was insanely awesome.

dammitsomuch I want these so badly in the USA and it will NEVER happen. Our economy here is so tied in to the auto-gas-fast food model that any disruption would cause a financial jolt. The oligarchs simply will not allow that.

/ Never in my lifetime, the scum.
// Robbed just like they did me with the space station i was supposed to be living in RIGHT NOW!



Big Oil kinda' bended you over, huh?
 
2020-01-08 08:34:33 AM  
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2020-01-08 08:38:31 AM  

caution: Too bad there's not a way to use directed jets of air to clear the windshield, that wiper isn't helping the aesthetics or aerodynamics.


In the US, they use directed jets of air to transport passengers.
 
2020-01-08 08:51:41 AM  

This text is now purple: caution: Too bad there's not a way to use directed jets of air to clear the windshield, that wiper isn't helping the aesthetics or aerodynamics.

In the US, they use directed jets of air to transport passengers.


Trump shuttle.
 
2020-01-08 09:10:31 AM  
I have been on a few their high speed trains. They work great, and are really cheap. What's the problem? Back in the old days (2000) I traveled all over China in the older sleeper trains. Still fun. China is kinda sucking these days though.
 
2020-01-08 11:31:47 AM  
" This beauty, part of China's Fuxing series "
awsum, china bros
 
2020-01-08 11:45:33 AM  
Quickly exposing our haphazard transportation infrastructure for the embarrassment that it is.

Why aren't we doing this.

Hell, why weren't we doing it 20-30 years ago.
 
2020-01-08 11:48:07 AM  

GregInIndy: Quickly exposing our haphazard transportation infrastructure for the embarrassment that it is.

Why aren't we doing this.

Hell, why weren't we doing it 20-30 years ago.


GM, Chrysler, Ford.

We have been systematically ripping up old rail infrastructure and the rest is privately owned, so now it's 100x harder to build as well.
 
2020-01-08 11:55:24 AM  

adamatari: GregInIndy: Quickly exposing our haphazard transportation infrastructure for the embarrassment that it is.

Why aren't we doing this.

Hell, why weren't we doing it 20-30 years ago.

GM, Chrysler, Ford.

We have been systematically ripping up old rail infrastructure and the rest is privately owned, so now it's 100x harder to build as well.


Our old/current rail infrastructure & rights of way are mostly irrelevant to what these sorts of trains require.

We could have it if we wanted to. If we weren't so mired in infighting and simple bone-dumb stupidity.
 
2020-01-08 12:00:52 PM  
Just as an example, I live in Indianapolis.

If we had a nationwide 350kph train network I'd be less than an hour's time from Chicago, Louisville, or Cincinnati and less than 2 hours from St Louis or Detroit with none of the hassles of the airport. That's an absolute transport and commerce game-changer.
 
2020-01-08 12:18:08 PM  

GregInIndy: Just as an example, I live in Indianapolis.

If we had a nationwide 350kph train network I'd be less than an hour's time from Chicago, Louisville, or Cincinnati and less than 2 hours from St Louis or Detroit with none of the hassles of the airport. That's an absolute transport and commerce game-changer.


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2020-01-08 12:30:40 PM  

GregInIndy: Why aren't we doing this.


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2020-01-08 02:32:38 PM  

Autoerotic Defenestration: GregInIndy: Just as an example, I live in Indianapolis.

If we had a nationwide 350kph train network I'd be less than an hour's time from Chicago, Louisville, or Cincinnati and less than 2 hours from St Louis or Detroit with none of the hassles of the airport. That's an absolute transport and commerce game-changer.

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Which is why you have a rail SYSTEM and not just "high speed rail". High speed rail without local rail, subways or streetcars in cities, and local rail lines is like building highways without local streets.

GregInIndy, you don't have to sell me. If I were dictator, the US would be building more rail than China. It would be a massive economic boon to have a rail system, and the positive side effects would be countless. I just don't see it happening because I see the replies to my own comments and talk to other Americans. They have no clue. They have never seen good transit.
 
2020-01-08 04:37:51 PM  
Phew, I mean, the first thing I think when someone says China is "Shortage of Labour"
 
2020-01-08 05:16:32 PM  

Mr_Vimes: CrazyCurt: Mr_Vimes: Was in China several times last year, and took trains to travel many times. About 1200 km from Beijing to Xi'an in a touch over 4 hours; first class for $80. Superb trains, and 300-350 km/h didn't feel like it. The maglev from Pudong to Longyang Road, though, touching 450 km/h, was insanely awesome.

dammitsomuch I want these so badly in the USA and it will NEVER happen. Our economy here is so tied in to the auto-gas-fast food model that any disruption would cause a financial jolt. The oligarchs simply will not allow that.

/ Never in my lifetime, the scum.
// Robbed just like they did me with the space station i was supposed to be living in RIGHT NOW!

A few years ago, I took the Amtrak (California Zephyr) from SF(Emeryville) to Reno. Not fast (288 km in 6 hrs) but, considering the route, it was fantastic. First class was $40 but I spent most of the journey in the observation car chatting with people, enjoying the views, and drinking a few beers. I'm tempted to take it to Salt Lake next time, maybe all the way to Chicago - that would be quite the trip - and, if I have the time, why not.


That MoFo nearly hit me as I was crossing the tracks near Roseville Road in North Highlands, CA. Looked both ways, saw nothing. My bicycle pump fell off right there, bent over to pick it up, heard horn, HOLY SHIAT!!!!!! VROOOOOMMMMmmmm!!! Scared hell out of me and likely the conductor. it's weird but you really don't hear them coming when they are that fast.

/ Seconds away from splatter as that thing was traveling at 60mph or more.
// Not bullet-train fast but in my five decades I've never seen a faster train.
 
2020-01-08 05:28:19 PM  

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Airlines aren't the thing holding up high speed rail, the Interstate highway system is.

Remember it was the automobile the put railroads out of business in the US and the interstate system was built on top of old railway lines.  So any new rail construction either has to run parallel to existing highways or run through private property which requires purchasing land and zoning grants which makes it exponentially more expensive here than in other countries.
 
2020-01-08 06:59:03 PM  
At least a self-driving train won't need counselling when someone jumps in front of it to kill themselves.

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