Skip to comments.[Red] China's High-Speed Rail Hiccups
Posted on 07/23/2011 5:48:52 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
Three breakdowns in four days on the new Beijing-Shanghai rail link tarnishes the government's biggest single investment.
Anything you can build, China can build better. That was one of the underlying messages behind China's high-speed rail network. It was intended to showcase the country's newly developed prowess in building high-tech projects on a grander scale than even Japan could achieve. But three breakdowns in four days have sent that notion skidding off the rails.
One of the southbound trains came to a halt last Sunday night, only ten days after the much-vaunted project made its debut on June 30, one day before the Communist Party's 90th anniversary.
Wang Yongping, spokesperson for the Ministry of Railway said on Thursday the incident was caused by a power cut triggered by thunderstorms. Passengers on the train experienced a blackout for more than two hours. Another 19 trains were delayed.
Only 39 hours after the first breakdown, another fault hit the high-speed rail service on Tuesday morning when another power failure in the Suzhou area disrupted dozens of trains.
The third malfunction came the following day, when hundreds of passengers on a train heading for Beijing were asked to change train in the middle of their journey due a problem with tractive transformers on the train.
Completed in just 38 months, nearly 18 months ahead of schedule, the high-speed rail cuts travel time between Chinas two major economic circles--Bohai Economic Rim and Yangtze River Delta--in half to five hours.
Viewed as a gift in honor of the Communist Partys 90th anniversary, the early completion was announced in January by former Minister of Railway Liu Zhijun, who was later arrested for corruption in February.
The 1,318-kilometer railway linking Chinas capital and financial center had been designed to handle a service speed of
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Speed Killz, as does head-ons.
Miracle economy be damned. These chicom a-holes haven't changed their spots one bit. They're still the same infantile droolers they always have been.
Do the Commies still execute the failed officials they replace?
It’s my understanding that the problem is that most of the parts were made in America.
Department of Education becomes the Ministry of Education.
Since the Libtards will never allow the elimination of useless Cabinet Departments, renaming them will at least show the American people what we are really dealing with.
One thing I could never figure out...Why do they put those gaps in the skirting instead of just running the fiberglass all the way from the front to the back of the high speed rail cars. Is it because it’s easier to put air in the tires that way?
It worked so good, the collision avoidance technology was deemed useless.
They will probably execute the Engineer of the train that ran into the stalled Stealth train, if he survived the collision of course. If he's dead, I'm sure the Commies will execute his Family.
In Communist China corruption is a capital offense.
Wasn't talking about corruption . . . just plain incompetence.
If both trains were going at .001 m/s there would have been NO problem.
No cows to catch.
HEY you woodchucks, quit chuckin’ my wood!
China steals technology then f**** it up.
No problems with the tracks themselves? They must have used Rearden Steel. /sarcasm
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To save time..the tracks were super-glued to the ties..
Probably visual inspection and heat exhaust.
“....designed to handle a service speed of 380 kilometers per hour.”
Does that figger of 389 kph allow for unscheduled stops, such as those mentioned in the article, which take place when their crappy electrical system goes on the fritz? What is the ACTUAL speed when the “dead-in-the-water” crapouts are figured in?
China is finding out within what the world already knows. China has enormous engineering and quality control problems that are deadly.
For extra credit reading about China;s quality problems:
Would you drive across this bridge?
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