High speed “bullet trains” in China – soon to reach a speed of 500kmph

High speed rail

Japanese – “Maglev Trains”


The advancement in technology has made life simpler and easier. With the rapid growth in population the means of transport is also being upgraded with huge changes in its earlier versions. It is known that Japan has demonstrated its prowess in high-speed rail travel with its state-of-the-art maglev train setting a world record of just over 600km/h (373mph), just days after it broke its previous 12-year-old record. The seven-car maglev – short for “magnetic levitation” – reached a top speed of 603km/h.

China- “High speed rail”

On the other hand china has a proposal of setting up a high speed rail (HSR)

A high-speed train in Shanghai, prepares to leave for Beijing on Saturday, July 30, 2011.  A week after the crash involving two high-speed trains, interviews with passengers on a bullet train trip between Beijing and Shanghai over the weekend suggested that in addition to worries about rail safety, the incident has reinforced a sense of unease with the rapid pace of the nationÕs development. (Tom Lasseter/MCT via Getty Images)


It was beileved that China’s high-speed rail plans were ambitious, planned to invest of about $300 billion to construct the largest, fastest, and most technologically advanced high-speed railway system in the world by 2020. It was predicted that the HSR (High-Speed Railway) network would reach 30,000 kilometers when the major rail lines were completed. China’s high-speed railway network is made up of four components: upgraded pre-existing rail lines that can accommodate high-speed trains, a national grid of mostly passenger dedicated HSR lines (PDLs), certain regional intercity HSR lines, and the Maglev High-Speed Line.

Recent advancement:

Recent advancement in the latest technology,a new traction technology which was developed by CRRC Corp, the country’s largest train maker, and has been in development for close to 12 years,  by the chinese portraits that it will help its bullet trains to reach an ultra-fast 500 km/h. Yet its not pretty fast as Japan’s “Maglev trains”but it’s more than twice the top speed of most trains in the US, and more than three times that of Australia’s rail network. And in a win for the local economy, the technology is all its own.

Basically it is believed that it works with the aid of a permanent magnet synchronous traction system. Which s nothing but a motor that uses permanent magnets rather than a magnetic field created by windings of the rotor to propel the train forward. That means the new 690-kilowatt traction system has significantly fewer parts and is lighter and more efficient, allowing China’s already-speedy bullet trains to go 50 percent faster.

But unlike the Maglev system, the train remains in contact with the track, and so is still subject to the effects of friction. It really makes every one excited to get tuned to the new bullet trains with such a high speed. but we’re always fans of anything that makes train travel faster and more efficient.Lets wait for the technology to bring it on!

A CRH380BL high-speed bullet train runs towards Beijing South Railway Station July 25, 2011.  REUTERS/Jason Lee

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