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from the getting-there-before-you-leave dept.

World's first 600km/h high-speed maglev train to make public debut in Qingdao:

The world's first high-speed maglev transportation system running at a speed of 600 kilometers per hour [(372 mph)] will make its public debut in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province, on Tuesday.

As the fastest ground vehicle available so far, the system, self-developed by China, is a cutting-edge scientific and technological achievement in the field of rail transit in the world, said China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) Qingdao Sifang Co., LTD., an industrialization base for manufacturing high-speed trains in China.

The high speed maglev train will be suspended, driven and guided without contact between the train and the track by means of electromagnetic force, with its resistance only coming from the air, said Liang Jianying, deputy general manager and chief engineer of CRRC Sifang.

As a new mode of high-speed traffic, the train is safe, reliable and has low noise pollution, small vibration, large passenger capacity and needs less maintenance, he said, saying that it can fill the speed gap between high-speed rail, whose maximum operating speed is 350 km/h [(217 mph)], and aircraft, whose cruising speed is 800 to 900 km/h [(500 to 560 mph)].

[...] Although the maglev prototype train is about to be rolled off the production line, there is no track line for the 600 km/h high speed maglev train in China yet.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @07:55PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @07:55PM (#1158393)

    Wait, did you say rail? Meh, keep it.

    • (Score: 5, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @08:50PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @08:50PM (#1158433)

      It'll never work with a trainload of vaccinated people. Too much magnetic interference.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by edinlinux on Tuesday July 20, @08:02PM (22 children)

    by edinlinux (4637) on Tuesday July 20, @08:02PM (#1158399)

    Japan already has this and a hare faster too.. the train, track and all running (the China one above is the train only, no track to run it on,so not even sure if it really works..)

    https://www.industryweek.com/technology-and-iiot/article/21965004/faster-than-a-speeding-bullet-japanese-maglev-train-sets-world-speed-record [industryweek.com]

    • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by FatPhil on Tuesday July 20, @08:12PM (2 children)

      Please Enable JavaScript

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @08:38PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @08:38PM (#1158426)

        Locally enabling javascript is unnecessary.

        https://archive.is/uHXze [archive.is]

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by PinkyGigglebrain on Wednesday July 21, @03:19AM

        by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Wednesday July 21, @03:19AM (#1158601)

        Please Enable JavaScript

        Just tried it with noscript running and everything blocked by default, gave me the plain text of the story with no photo.

        Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: Japanese Maglev Train Sets World Speed Record

        The Japanese maglev train set another world record Tuesday during a test run, topping 373 miles per hour. Japan hopes to sell the technology overseas and have a train on (or levitating above) the tracks by 2027.
        Agence France-Presse
        Apr 21, 2015

        Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record Tuesday during a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 373 mph mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad.

        The seven-car maglev train -- short for "magnetic levitation" -- hit a top speed of 374 mph, and managed nearly 11 seconds at more than 375 mph, operator Central Japan Railway said.

        The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 367 mph, surpassing its own 2003 record of 361 mph.

        The maglev hovers about four inches above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets.

        About 200 train buffs gathered for Tuesday's record-setting run. "It gave me chills. I really want to ride on the train," an elderly woman told public broadcaster NHK as the carriage rocketed past her. "It's like I witnessed a new page in history."

        An AFP reporter who previously rode on the super-speed train said the experience was like taking off in a plane, with the feeling of g-force gathering as the speedometer is pushed ever higher.

        "The faster the train runs, the more stable it becomes," Yasukazu Endo, who heads the maglev test center southwest of Tokyo, told reporters. "I think the quality of the train ride has improved."

        JR Central wants to have a train in service in 2027, plying the 177-mile route between Tokyo and the central city of Nagoya.

        The service, which would run at a top speed of about 310 mph, is expected to connect the two cities in only 40 minutes, less than half the present journey time in Japan's already speedy bullet trains.

        Travel Times Cut in Half, U.S. Expansion Possible

        By 2045, maglev trains are expected to link Tokyo and Osaka in just one hour and seven minutes, slashing the journey time in half.

        However, construction costs for the dedicated lines are astronomical -- estimated at nearly $100 billion just for the stretch to Nagoya, with more than 80% of the route expected to go through costly tunnels.

        Japan is looking to sell its shinkansen bullet and maglev train systems overseas, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acting as a traveling salesman in his bid to revive the economy partly through infrastructure exports.

        He is due in the United States this weekend, where he will be touting the technology for a high-speed rail link between New York and Washington.

        Last year, Abe took Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, on a test ride.

        "This technology is something that will bring great benefits to Japan and hopefully the United States one day," Kennedy said after the ride.

        The maglev train is a contender for President Barack Obama's multi-billion-dollar national high-speed rail project.

        Abe said Japan would not charge licensing fees in the U.S. for the train, a strong incentive for Washington to select the system for a high-speed rail line between Washington D.C., and Baltimore.

        The proposed 37-mile link will represent the first phase in the federal government's plan to connect the capital and Boston.

        Japan started its study on the maglev train system as a national project in 1962, and succeeded in running at a speed of 37 mph a decade later.

        by Natsuko Fukue

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    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @09:13PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @09:13PM (#1158441)

      Japan already has this and a hare faster too.. the train, track and all running (the China one above is the train only, no track to run it on,so not even sure if it really works..)

      I think they're saying that their dicktrain will be even biggerbetter (when it exists) than the Japanese Chūo Shinkansen, which is only planned to have a 500km/h top speed when it is opened for actual service.

      However, the Japanese train actually exists and has actually operated at over 600km/h in testing (and currently holds the world record for the highest speed attained on a manned train).

      Unfortunately the Chūō Shinkansen's 2027 opening date of the first segment for passenger service is no longer likely as JR Central did not sufficiently grease the palms of the Shizuoka prefectural government and construction there is currently delayed indefinitely due to "environmental" concerns. As the current governor of Shizuoka was recently re-elected on a platform of continuing his opposition to this project, probably JR Central is going to have to make a concession elsewhere in order to make this opposition magically disappear.

    • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Tuesday July 20, @11:54PM (13 children)

      by fakefuck39 (6620) on Tuesday July 20, @11:54PM (#1158511)

      Lived in Tokyo for a while. Lived in France for a while. I gotta say sncf did a better job. Now how good of a job did china do?

      same job they always do. half-assed work despite over engineering the spec due to expectation of half-assed quality. here's a nice one
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wenzhou_train_collision [wikipedia.org]

      here are some more (which does include accidents that aren't due to half-assed work).
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rail_accidents_in_China [wikipedia.org]

      my favorites:
      -Two freight trains collided sideways.
      -A passenger train numbered 7581 was hit by a slipping train.
      -A freight train numbered 26326 derailed due to heavy rainfall.
      -High winds caused railed derailment for train bound for Urumqi
      -A train crashed into a standing passenger train due to excessive speed.

      so, this rail will absolutely work. but if it rains or there's wind, or if it goes fast, it'll absolutely crash.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @02:20AM (12 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @02:20AM (#1158579)

        They call that sort of shoddy construction a tofu-dreg project. It is a popular term used in social media as they share video and stories of buildings, bridges, streets, etc. falling apart.

        • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Wednesday July 21, @02:35AM (11 children)

          by fakefuck39 (6620) on Wednesday July 21, @02:35AM (#1158582)

          Actually they don't. There are people (american people, usually fat, usually old, usually holding a GED), who keep trying to spread the use of the term though.

          What you are talking about is called commonly Okara, while tofu-dreg is an almost unused term. ABCs sometimes just say soy pulp. Rednecks say "tofu-dreg" in the same way they say "china-virus." Source: been to China, wife was born in China and has never heard your term.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @07:56AM (10 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @07:56AM (#1158691)

            Didn't know that China's culture stopped the moment you both left China, or maybe you are just too old. 豆腐渣工程 is supposed to be a slur against the shitty construction so it gets translated to English in a way to keep that same insulting sense.

            "Okara" is Japanese, BTW. Would have thought a Chinese expat and their family to use standard Mandarin or at least one of the Chinese varieties.

            • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by dwilson on Wednesday July 21, @02:37PM

              by dwilson (2599) on Wednesday July 21, @02:37PM (#1158743)

              Would have thought a Chinese expat and their family to use standard Mandarin or at least one of the Chinese varieties.

              That's because he's unlikely to be an expat. Based solely on his comments to this and many, many other stories, one can reasonably conclude he is Jim from P.R. [theregister.com]

              But probably less annoying.

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            • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Wednesday July 21, @04:02PM (6 children)

              by fakefuck39 (6620) on Wednesday July 21, @04:02PM (#1158762)

              lol i'm not an expat you dolt. I was in cjina 2 years ago last time. no, i don't think it's changed since then. yes, okara, yes it's a japanese word. which is why i said ABCs call it soy pulp

              but you don't know what ABC means, do you - guy who just now googled some shit. yes, py wife and her abc friends speak mandarin, japanese, and cantonese. no, they've never heard your 'construction slur' as you translated it to english, from a youtube video.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @09:42PM (5 children)

                by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @09:42PM (#1158929)

                I didn't call you an expat. And like I said, I didn't know Chinese culture froze when your wife and friends all left. And what is this? the term dates back to at least 2009 in English [wikipedia.org] and 2007 in Chinese [wikipedia.org] Wikipedia. There are also millions of hits on the various search engines, many to Chinese language news sources and pages. What power YouTube must have on culture. No wonder the Great Firewall tries to block it.

                • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Wednesday July 21, @09:52PM (4 children)

                  by fakefuck39 (6620) on Wednesday July 21, @09:52PM (#1158932)

                  >Chinese culture

                  No, it didn't freeze since 2019 when I was in China last. But the Chinese *gasp* don't speak English in China. What you're talking about is a redneck racist translation of a mandarin word that they do use. An English word. Which no one but the rednecks use.

                  >Chinese language news sources
                  My point exactly. They do use the Chinese word. It just doesn't translate to the English word you claim it translates to.

                  By your logic, since you get a lot hits when you google for "china virus" it means that's the term to use. It is. If you also think the election was stolen and forest fires are started by jew space lasers.

                  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:16PM (3 children)

                    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:16PM (#1158952)
                    • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Wednesday July 21, @11:47PM (2 children)

                      by fakefuck39 (6620) on Wednesday July 21, @11:47PM (#1158963)

                      You need to read. Probably about 5 times, then read again. No one normal does, no chinese-american does, no Chinese national does. Yes, rednecks do, yes people trying to put down China do. I specifically gave examples of people who do. What you've linked are some anti-china sites ("taiwan" and "hk" news should give it away, but I guess you still don't get it). Again, this is the same as using "China Virus" instead of covid-19.

                      here are some headlines
                      https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-takes-credit-vaccine [foxnews.com]
                      "Trump takes credit for 'China virus' vaccine"

                      https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-01-13/asia-today-chinas-cases-spike-ahead-of-who-research-visit [usnews.com]
                      "Asia Today: China Virus Cases Spike"

                      So, again, for those really really slow, at the back of the short bus: it is a term, used by propaganda sites, and the dumbest trashiest of the population. Hence, I am in my full right to make fun of the redneck for using it, and I am in full right to make fun of your autistic stupid ass for still not understanding the point, after explaining it 3 fucking times to you.

                      It's cool though, I'm literally married to a Chinese woman who's never heard the term, been to the country, but your google search proves it all wrong. This is like arguing with a flat earther, and you go on google and prove to me the earth is indeed flat. this you? https://www.um.edu.mt/think/the-earth-is-flat/ [um.edu.mt]

                      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:06AM (1 child)

                        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @04:06AM (#1159019)

                        The South China Morning Post and the Sina Corporation are anti-China? You and your wife are the sole arbiters of what is and isn't in use by over 1.5 billion people? Keep living in that fantasy land.

                        • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Thursday July 22, @04:19AM

                          by fakefuck39 (6620) on Thursday July 22, @04:19AM (#1159026)

                          The morning post is an HK newspaper. I've never heard of the Sina corporation.

                          >You and your wife are the sole arbiters
                          No, but then again, my wife is a part of those 1.5 billion people, and in her whole life has apparently never heard the term, because when I asked her, she had no idea what I'm talking about. And that does tell me something. More importantly, it has a lot more weight than the words of some white redneck who doesn't speak the language or has ever been to the country.

                          Imagine a scenario: some guy in China is telling you that in America, we call roundabouts "circlejerk." Then finds a couple of chinese propaganda articles using that term to make fun of americans. That's literally you.

                          >Keep living in that fantasy land.
                          and you lack social contact so much, that shit you see online after specifically searching for it, creates your world for you. I bet you haven't even talked to anyone in person for over a month. Fantasy land indeed, your world created by the internet.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @05:00PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @05:00PM (#1158782)

              nowhere does he say okara is a chinese term, so what are you in about? in america, we, americans, call it okara. he does say the chinese-americans (abc) don't call it okara, and instead call it soy-pulp. dear fool, you really need to learn to read things before hitting that reply button.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @07:01PM

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @07:01PM (#1158853)

              There is not a single English-speaking Chinese person anywhere in the world who uses the English word tofu-dreg. They do use the Chinese word douzha, and its English translation soy pulp. One of the translations of douzha is tofu-dreg.

              Chinese-Americans use soy pulp. Normal-Americans use the Japanese word Okara. Nazi-Americans use the word tofu-dreg. They also say Wuhan-virus instead of Covid-19, and nigger instead of black. I guess we now know to which of these groups you and your friends belong, now go ride your tractor - there is much corn to grow.

    • (Score: 2) by legont on Wednesday July 21, @12:10AM

      by legont (4179) on Wednesday July 21, @12:10AM (#1158520)

      I am sure the US is the world leader especially after the infrastructure bill.

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    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @01:59AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @01:59AM (#1158563)

      Ah nice, so now we know where China stole the technology.

  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday July 20, @08:07PM (3 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday July 20, @08:07PM (#1158403) Journal

    That should be the headline

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    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @08:14PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @08:14PM (#1158408)

      You don't think they can get the railline built by Tuesday?

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @08:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 20, @08:38PM (#1158427)

      No problem, all they have to do is copy the USA and import a bunch of Chinamen to build their railroads.

  • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Tuesday July 20, @08:43PM

    by Snotnose (1623) on Tuesday July 20, @08:43PM (#1158430)

    Given the QA issues with their buildings, freeways, and dams, I'm not looking forward to, but guessing I'll see, some pretty gruesome crash pics in the next 2-5 years.

    See also, that big assed damn on the, um yellow? river that has shifted several feet downriver since it was built, and will flood a bunch of towns downstream.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Rich on Wednesday July 21, @08:55AM

    by Rich (945) on Wednesday July 21, @08:55AM (#1158700) Journal

    Long ago, even before the accident, I've been to the old German maglev testing range and looked in awe, but I've also been sceptic about the use of conductor material. IIRC, the original design used insane amounts of copper for the coils, sunk into the track. Have they improved on that? (E.g. using aluminum, or even steel, as conductor, maybe even as part of the concrete reinforcement?)

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