I received this in my email today and I have to say that it’s yet another mind-blowing example of an innovation that simultaneously touches the realm of now-obvious practicality and practical efficiency as well as the opposite end of the spectrum, i.e, something out of a science fiction writers dream!
It brings to mind this innovative and awesome “Over-bus” concept that I remember being stunned by in 2010 when I first saw it – it’s also now looking to be closer to reality and I love it, check it out if you like:
Now that you’ve seen that, let’s move on to this video and description of the train that this post is all about. If you want to just watch, go ahead, or just read and choose to watch if it catches your interest like it did mine!
No time is wasted. The bullet train is moving all the time. If there are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou, just stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time.
A mere 5 min stop per station (elderly passengers cannot be hurried) will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!
The Chinese are innovative enough to come up with a non-stopping train concept. When the train arrives at a station, it will not stop at all.
The passenger at a station embarked onto to a connector cabin way before the train even arrive at the station. When the train arrives, it will not stop at all. It just slows down to pick up the connector cabin which will move with the train on the roof of the train.
While the train is still travelling away from the station, those passengers will board the train from the connector cabin mounted on the train’s roof. After fully unloading all its passengers, the connector cabin will be moved to the back of the train so that the next batch of outgoing passengers who want to alight at the next station will board the connector cabin at the rear of the train roof.
When the train arrives at the next station, it will simply drop the whole connector cabin at the station itself and leave it behind at the station. The outgoing passengers can take their own time to disembark at the station while the train had already left. At the same time, the train will pick up the incoming embarking passengers on another connector cabin in the front part of the train’s roof. So the train will always drop one connector cabin at the rear of its roof and pick up a new connector cabin in the front part of the train’s roof at each station.