China high-speed rail to take global ...

China high-speed rail to take global lead by 2012

There are 8 comments on the South China Morning Post story from Oct 27, 2009, titled China high-speed rail to take global lead by 2012. In it, South China Morning Post reports that:

China's high-speed rail network will overtake Europe as the world's biggest by 2012, posing a threat to the country's troubled airline industry.

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Bob Burns

Kunming, China

#1 Oct 27, 2009
Go China!
RayH

Shenzhen, China

#3 Dec 20, 2009
Check out this video of the new Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway, opening on Dec. 26, 2009.

http://www.56.com/u89/v_NDgyMDkwMzA.html
snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#4 Dec 24, 2009
I hope they take into consideration what they do to the environment when they do this. Some of the rails may disturbed migration routes and affect certain habitats.
Wong

Walnut Grove, CA

#5 Dec 24, 2009
snowflake wrote:
I hope they take into consideration what they do to the environment when they do this. Some of the rails may disturbed migration routes and affect certain habitats.
Rail goes around animal route. Our new future generation China train will levitate off track, can possibly reach speed of 600 mph!!
Passerby

Finland

#6 Dec 24, 2009
They didn't show more respect for human and animal rights.
snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#7 Dec 24, 2009
I hope they have environmental impact guidelines and reports that they adhere to. Knowing the Chinese , the end justifies the means. They are ruthless and w/o morals and ethics. The animals and human have rights.
How fast

Gladesville, Australia

#9 Feb 15, 2010
How fast can it go ? Made in china or Chinese buy train somewhere , western ?
CNN

Ermington, Australia

#10 Feb 15, 2010
How fast wrote:
How fast can it go ? Made in china or Chinese buy train somewhere , western ?
China's high-speed train breaks record
MALCOLM MOORE
February 15, 2010
''Wow, it is faster than a helicopter,'' exclaimed Luo Rongguang as the Harmony Express eased out of Wuhan station and began to gain speed.

Within a minute the world's fastest train was travelling at 193km/h. By the time the Harmony Express, or Hexie Hao, hit its first bend, it was doing a steady 350km/h. As the lush rice paddies of Hunan province, China's breadbasket, passed the windows in a blur, the inside of the train was eerily still.

Wholly Chinese-built using technology from Siemens and Kawasaki, the Harmony Express is faster than Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains and France's TGVs.

In testing, it reached nearly 400km/h and it covers the 1000 kilometres between Wuhan and Guangzhou, the equivalent of a journey from Sydney to Brisbane, in three hours. The trip previously took almost 11.

''It is just amazing,'' said Mr Luo, 33, a businessman from the eastern city of Ningbo who was visiting factories in Guangzhou.

''When the minister for rail said last year that China would one day have trains running at over 300 mph, I thought it was an empty boast. Now I can see it is not a dream at all.''

The Harmony Express is just the first step of an epic $850 billion project to build nearly 30,000 kilometres of railways in the next five years, 13,000 kilometres of which will be tracks for high-speed trains.

China, the US and Japan are locked in a race to build super-fast train routes. All three countries are hoping that trains, rather than polluting planes or cars, will once again form the backbone of their domestic travel network.

More than 5 million Chinese have travelled by train every day this month in the run-up to yesterday's New Year holiday, always the peak travel weekend.

The high-speed train routes to be rolled out over the next three years will spread economic development to the countryside and bind together unruly regions such as Tibet and Xinjiang.

''I remember taking my first train back in 1989,'' Mr Luo said.''It was one of the old green locomotives that roared with noise and travelled at 30mph … The passengers just dropped their rubbish on the floor, so cleaners had to pass through every hour. There was one lavatory for every 200 passengers and the queues were horrific.''

But aboard the Harmony Express, and at Wuhan's $2.7 billion French-designed railway station, everything is spotless.

For some, it is one of the most visible signs of how far China has come. By 2012 the high-speed line will extend all the way to Beijing.

Telegraph, London

http://www.smh.com.au/world/chinas-highspeed-...

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