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Author Topic: News Article: Japan Unveils Green Train Faster Than Shinkansen  (Read 2619 times)
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« on: September 24, 2008, 07:35:38 PM »

A Japanese Corporation has unveiled designs for a new greener express train that is capable of speeds up to 217 mph.




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Here in the land of the Metroliner and the Coach Coast Starlight, it's easy to be jealous of all the national rail systems that leave Amtrak in the dust. Now Japan, already home to one of the world's most sophisticated networks, has given us something new to envy -- a greener train that does 217 mph.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries is developing the "Environmentally Friendly Super Express Train" and says it will be Japan's fastest passenger train ever. It features an extremely light and aerodynamic profile and uses regenerative braking to capture kinetic energy that would otherwise be lost as heat. As a result, Kawasaki says, the efSET will be smoother, quieter and more energy efficient than many current trains.

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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2008, 07:54:03 PM »

If it advertises itself as "Green" and it's not talking about the color, I ignore it just on principle. tongue
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2008, 06:05:59 AM »

I'll be impressed about trains as soon as maglev becomes the norm.
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2008, 06:46:58 AM »

I'll be impressed about trains as soon as maglev becomes the norm.
Agreed, the technology is fascinating.

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2008, 10:37:25 AM »

I'll be impressed about trains as soon as maglev becomes the norm.
Agreed, the technology is fascinating.

One year ago, almost to the day, I rode on Shanghai's MagLev train
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    * Highest Speed: 431 km/h (268 mph) (Normal Times) or 300 km/h (190 mph) (Extend Times)
    * Run time: 7 mins and 20 sec. in Normal Times, while 8 mins and 10 sec. in extend times
    * Interval: 15 mins.
    * Ridership: 20% capacity. [1]

Yeah, it was cool. On the other hand, it's been a complete economic failure, as the 20% capacity cited above suggests. When the government invests in this stuff, it may as well be flushing the money down the toilet. There a many more important things the money could be spent on.
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2008, 04:10:21 PM »

Yeah, it was cool. On the other hand, it's been a complete economic failure, as the 20% capacity cited above suggests. When the government invests in this stuff, it may as well be flushing the money down the toilet. There a many more important things the money could be spent on.
Still, that's not the fault of the technology, it's the fault of the government. In Australia at least, our antiquated (to say the least) rail network could sure do with some maglevs *drool*.

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2008, 04:54:18 AM »

Economic failure?
In australia we have a great failure with the cross-city tunnel.
But as someone pointed out: statistically even the harbour tunnel is an economic failure. Yet imagine if we didn't have it.......

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