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Published on January 3rd, 2013 | by Cynthia Shahan


Utilizing Human Fascination With Speed, China Pushing Technological Limits Of High-Speed Rail At -40° Fahrenheit

January 3rd, 2013 by  

The global leader in high-speed rail is pushing the technological limits of the system by operating high-speed trains in the extreme temperatures seen on the Harbin-Dalian high-speed rail line. It is currently running through areas of Northeastern China, where temperatures reach -40° Fahrenheit.

Adaptation and Sustainability

Safety concerns? Perhaps. Zhou Li, a technology official with China’s Ministry of Railways, says the Ministry has run 22 research projects to test technology obstacles, including monitoring of the track conditions under a range of temperature differences throughout the different seasons.There are three high-speed railways running in extremely cold regions located in Northern Europe and Russia — they started before the Harbin-Dalian line.

Further and Faster — Adaptation, Distance, and Speed

Notably, the Northern European high-speed rail lines do not really compare to the length and speed of China’s new line. Adaptation is critical for survival and sustainability — for humans, for animals, and for technology.

Concept train transfer

In the streamlined video on Xinhua, one finds the success of adaptation. Through innovation derived from need and human fascination with speed, technology supports sustainable transportation. “A fascination for speed is part of our nature, and the world’s first ever high-speed rail, which operates in extreme weather conditions, is about to set new limits in China’s northeast,” Xinhua writes.

Drivers must meet strict measures to drive these trains — for example, they must operate a special braking system.

Image Credits: Xinhua & Priestmangoode

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  • ” they must operate a special breaking system”
    Really? What gets broken?

    And why publish a picture with the mysterious caption “Concept train transfer” without mentioning it in the text?

    I appreciate the information in most of these pieces, but a bit of editing would make them read more easily and look more professional.

    • a ton of editing goes into our articles, but things slip. and they don’t only slip here — i see typos on every site i read, from the Guardian to HuffPo to the Washington Post — shit happens.

      as far as the image, the link directly before the image is about that “innovation in technology.” normally, i’d make sure the link between the picture and text was more obvious, but I was actually into the subtle way it was made in this case… so left it that way.

  • For what it’s worth: -40°F = -40°C so you can just say -40°. 😉


    • Solar Fan

      Exactly, Neil. Or… they could actually give the Fahrenheit AND Centigrade values every time. You’d think a site dedicated to SCIENCE would move into the 21st century already.

      • sean

        just ditch Fahrenheit you are posting on the internet, its not like there arent converters.

        • Sounds like a plan. Will do.

        • Bob_Wallace

          I’d vote for both. Most of us in the US really can’t relate to C. We live in a land of F.

          That may upset some, but that’s reality and if maximum communication is the goal.

          Besides, think of the energy saved if the author makes the conversion one time as opposed to all of us “backward Americans” separately putting electrons to work.

          • Yeah, as soon as i left my last comment, i changed my mind and decided both was better. 😀

      • Ross Chandler

        Also refer to it by Celsius not Centigrade.

    • Ha, well then… 😀

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