Remember Hyperloop? Elon Musk’s Hyperloop suggestion is probably in the work by someone in the West, but in China, they’re testing super high-speed train that could reach 1000km/h. I think Chinese are combining the concept of Hyperloop and Maglev Train into one, and this could allow any Maglev train to travel in a vacuum which increases the speed of the Maglev train. This makes me wonder which is more efficient and cheaper to build, Hyperloop or Super High-speed Maglev train? I think Hyperloop requires digging a tunnel, but the Chinese could build durable but affordable materials to form a vacuum which encases the Maglev train.
It’s hard for me to see the advantages of train over truck, but I’m going to try to see if I can convince myself and you why train is better than truck. I guess, when cargoes and humans use train, the road gets free up, and so there will be less traffic for general road usages. Furthermore, train can be more efficient in energy usage since the destination is usually on strict schedule, but trucks can be stopped in heavy traffic and whatnot. Also, each truck would use a lot of gasoline or whatever energy it would use, but one train can string a very long line of train’s cargo and whatnot. With that in mind a train can be a lot more energy efficient. A train can free up road traffic and cut cost, thus by transporting goods through train the train operators can help companies cut cost. When a company got less costs to cover, their products could be cheaper too since the saving could be passed down to their customers.
Two interesting advantages train got over other vehicles for transporting goods and humans are schedule and traffic free. Can this train’s concept be implemented with regular vehicles on roads? Well, I’m not sure how well this concept will translate into reality, but China just unveiled a world’s first virtual train track and vehicles that would be using this technology in central China. Check the video out for more information right after the break. Enjoy!
Rail attendant. On a slow train from Xining to Lhasa (Tibet, China). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Let put all of our political differences aside, because an engineering feat should not be politicized. The Chinese had successfully built amazing railway from part of China to Tibet’s Lhasa, and their people and world visitors have been enjoying this railway so far. Why is this amazing? To build up to Tibet’s Lhasa, the railway workers had endured extreme conditions such as extreme cold, high altitude sickness, and hosts of other problems. Furthermore, the environment in which the railway had to be built was very challenging such as how to conquer permafrost so the railway would not succumb to the contraction and expanding of the ground in which the railway had to be built upon. The Chinese solved the extreme problems by combining ingenious low tech and high tech, and the result is a railway that built like no other. Check out this amazing feat in the YouTube video right after the break.