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China Opens World´s Longest
High-Speed Railway

Sky News, by Mark Stone

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/26/2012 8:09:42 AM

Beijing -The world´s longest high speed rail route has opened in China, covering a distance of 1,427 miles (2,298km). The first passenger train departed from Beijing in the north for Guangzhou on the country´s southern coast at 9am local time, with another leaving an hour later. The line carries new bullet-style trains at speeds of up to 220mph (350kph) and reduces the travel time from 22 hours to just eight hours. There are 35 stops along the route in major cities spanning the length of the country including Shijiazhuang, capital of the northern Hebei Province; Zhengzhou,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pinger, 12/26/2012 8:26:47 AM     (No. 9083863)

Had this been attempted in the United State the trains would not be in operation; the unions would still be bickering on the duration of coffee breaks.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Newtsche, 12/26/2012 8:30:25 AM     (No. 9083878)

I wouldn´t bet against this leading to the world´s biggest rail disaster.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chance_232, 12/26/2012 8:46:01 AM     (No. 9083905)

I would love to travel by rail, but flying or driving is faster and cheaper. The Washington/Philadelphia/New York/Boston route may be an exception. I looked ito taking a train from JAX to Pitt, the trip was about 21 hours and I forget the cost. I can drive in half the time. My experince with trains in the US is that you cant get there from here without a bazillion stops.

I personally love the idea of travel by train, but Amtrak is a wreck.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/26/2012 9:03:14 AM     (No. 9083939)

Gotta wonder how a person living in China gets ´selected´ to ride on the maiden voyage .

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bamboozle, 12/26/2012 9:58:05 AM     (No. 9084013)

One wonders if all of the environmental impact studies were completed before construction began? Wonder if any archeological sites were disturbed? Do all of the locomotives meet current EPA standards for soot and emissions? How about the power plants used to power any electrically powered trains? No, I didn´t think so. The Chinese are like the US of 100 years ago, they build and get the job done, although at great cost.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Axeman, 12/26/2012 9:59:09 AM     (No. 9084017)

About the same distance as going from Fargo, ND to New Orleans, LA.
But in China there are significant cities on the routes and good reasons for doing these trips. There are also plenty of people needing to travel to draw upon as customers.
In the USA we get California´s boondoggle from a town where there are few people to another town where nobody is going to with not much of anything between. If they could get people to ride it they will still never turn a profit.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/26/2012 10:02:05 AM     (No. 9084019)

I wonder if any bridges had to be built to accommodate this train?
GULP !
Made in China and goes 220 mph. No thanks.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: silencedogood, 12/26/2012 11:17:22 AM     (No. 9084185)

I read some time ago that Amtrack has only three(3) profitable train routes out of a possible forty-four (44). Sorry I can´t provide a link but the figure kinda stuck with me.

The article identified the true costs and subsidies for some of the routes. It´s astoninshing how much each ticket would cost without a federal subsidy.

Romney/Bain should perform a top down management study and the US federal government should be forced to liquidate the whole damm thing.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 12/26/2012 11:24:28 AM     (No. 9084204)

Did they use Rearden Steel?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 12/26/2012 3:15:25 PM     (No. 9084637)

#8, http://subsidyscope.org/transportation/direct-expenditures/amtrak/table/

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Reply 11 - Posted by: harper, 12/26/2012 5:17:50 PM     (No. 9084764)

Isn´t this the technology that was just in the news because they ripped off the Japanese design? I wonder why they didn´t just get it the same way they get all their American stuff: buying it from the Democrats?

I understand all the passengers on the first 10 trips are Falun Gong...and they´re coincidentally advertising a giant 25% off winter organ sale.

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