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[Red] China's High-Speed Rail Hiccups
Forbes ^ | 7/15/2011 | Anna Zhang

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 China’s 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 Party’s 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 China’s capital and financial center had been designed to handle a service speed of

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; highspeedrail; trains

1 posted on 07/23/2011 5:48:58 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

Speed Killz, as does head-ons.


2 posted on 07/23/2011 5:51:35 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bruinbirdman
Viewed as a gift in honor of the Communist Party’s 90th anniversary

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.

3 posted on 07/23/2011 5:56:08 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: bruinbirdman

Do the Commies still execute the failed officials they replace?


4 posted on 07/23/2011 6:06:40 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: bruinbirdman

It’s my understanding that the problem is that most of the parts were made in America.


5 posted on 07/23/2011 6:10:44 PM PDT by 11johara28
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To: bruinbirdman
I just realized something. The next Republican President, (Please Lord), should just rename all the Cabinet Posts “Ministries”.

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.

6 posted on 07/23/2011 6:15:14 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Would you rather live in Obamaville or Palintown?)
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To: bruinbirdman

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?


7 posted on 07/23/2011 6:16:27 PM PDT by Principle Over Politics (Permit Carry is not Constitutional. I expected the democrats to lie to me, but not the republicans.)
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To: Paladin2
That wasn't it. The stalled train was actually the new Stealth Bullet Train Prototype the Chicoms were working on.

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.

8 posted on 07/23/2011 6:20:55 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Would you rather live in Obamaville or Palintown?)
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To: YHAOS
"Do the Commies still execute the failed officials they replace?"

In Communist China corruption is a capital offense.

yitbos

9 posted on 07/23/2011 6:21:43 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: bruinbirdman
"In Communist China corruption is a capital offense."

Wasn't talking about corruption . . . just plain incompetence.

10 posted on 07/23/2011 6:29:28 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Kickass Conservative

If both trains were going at .001 m/s there would have been NO problem.


11 posted on 07/23/2011 6:30:57 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
All they would need to do is tie an old tractor tire to the front of the Locomotive so they wouldn't bend the sheet metal.
12 posted on 07/23/2011 6:34:22 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Would you rather live in Obamaville or Palintown?)
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To: Kickass Conservative

No cows to catch.


13 posted on 07/23/2011 6:35:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
Are they Pig Catchers or Dog Catchers?
14 posted on 07/23/2011 6:44:40 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Would you rather live in Obamaville or Palintown?)
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To: Kickass Conservative

HEY you woodchucks, quit chuckin’ my wood!


15 posted on 07/23/2011 6:52:23 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bruinbirdman

China steals technology then f**** it up.


16 posted on 07/23/2011 6:53:44 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: bruinbirdman

No problems with the tracks themselves? They must have used Rearden Steel. /sarcasm


17 posted on 07/23/2011 7:04:47 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: bruinbirdman
Add one more:

China bullet train derails, 11 killed (now 32 killed)

18 posted on 07/23/2011 7:12:17 PM PDT by CedarDave
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19 posted on 07/23/2011 7:13:43 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: bruinbirdman

To save time..the tracks were super-glued to the ties..


20 posted on 07/23/2011 7:14:31 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the earth..it's the ONLY planet with CHOCOLATE!!!)
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To: Principle Over Politics

Probably visual inspection and heat exhaust.


21 posted on 07/23/2011 7:22:36 PM PDT by jimnm
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To: bruinbirdman

“....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?


22 posted on 07/23/2011 7:29:13 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: Paladin2
HEY you woodchucks, quit chuckin’ my wood!

LOL!

23 posted on 07/23/2011 7:31:44 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: bruinbirdman

China is finding out within what the world already knows. China has enormous engineering and quality control problems that are deadly.


24 posted on 07/23/2011 7:39:41 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: bruinbirdman

For extra credit reading about China;s quality problems:

http://www.americanmanufacturing.org/blog/deceitful-chinese-bid-oakland-bay-bridge-harms-california

http://news.firedoglake.com/2009/10/29/steelworkers-union-head-assails-bay-bridge-fixed-with-chinese-steel/

Would you drive across this bridge?


25 posted on 07/23/2011 7:46:10 PM PDT by rawhide
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