The economic logic for high speed rail is bone simple. You travel from one mega city transport nexus to another mega city transport nexus in a few hours at most in complete comfort for way less energy, way less gross personal travel time and general inconvenience and less cost in energy.
China has the mega cities as does who will start building the same type of network in about a decade. India Europe may be expected to quickly become hot again.
It will be a long while before anyone tries to do intercontinental routes I think, though dreamers will want to connect
India and China through to Europe through regions simple rail has yet to succeed.
I would love to see a proper rail connection running down to
I have no doubt that the economies of scale brought on by
now will accelerate development everywhere. China
Consider an example of a smaller market.
Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary and have two short links that could be traveled in under an hour. The long link would take four hours. This would eliminate all need for air travel between these four centers. Seattle
The problem is of course the volume to justify the investment in high grade trackage. Yet the cost is dropping and the short links are already been promoted.
High speed rail from Hong Kong to Beijing by 2012 and other amazing facts about China's high speed rail buildout
OCTOBER 29, 2010
click on the picture for a larger view of how Hong Kong will connect to
with high speed rail China
The Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railways began operation this year, and the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway is also expected to be operational by the end of 2011.
The high-speed rail from
Shanghai to Hong Kong is expected to begin service by the end of 2012 or in early 2013. By then, the fastest direct train from Shanghai to Hong Kong will take only 6 hours. Right now, traveling from Shanghai station to Station takes nearly 19 hours. The Hong Kong-Shanghai high-speed rail journey is approximately 1,300 kilometers in length. So a transfer to the Shanghai-Beijing line would allow transit between Hong Kong and Kowloon in about 10 hours. Beijing
Some amazing facts about
will nearly double its high speed rail by the end of 2012 to over 13,000 kilometers. This will put it at more high speed rail than the rest of the world has. Europe, China Japan, Asia, etc...
* By 2020, assuming budgets are met about $300 billion will have been spent to build 25,000 kilometers of high speed rail network that will span most of the country
Hong Kong high speed rail to China may be finished early. Trains will run at speeds of as high as 350 kilometers per hour (217 miles an hour) on the new line, which will form part of a 140-kilometer railway running to Shenzhen and
China has started to develop high speed trains with a capability of reaching 500 kilometers per hour. (312.5 miles per hour)
The Beijing to Shanghai high speed line will use 16-car trainset. The power of each trainset will be 20 MW, at capacity of about 1050 passengers, each passenger from
OCTOBER 29, 2010
High-speed rail projects in 23 U.S. states will share $2.4 billion in federal aid, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today, adding to $8 billion in stimulus money already awarded for passenger train service.
Korea, China, Japan, France, Germany,
Italy and are the only countries capable of exporting high-speed rail technology. It takes more than just trains to operate a high-speed rail service. Signal systems, communications networks, construction and operating knowhow are also necessary and must be developed in conjunction. Spain Korea is seeking to export its technology to Brazil and the U.S. state of . California
Korea ranks fourth in the world in terms of technology in high-speed rail networks after France,
UPDATE : I have a follow up article that discusses the speed and magnitude of China's high speed rail push
Phase I calls for an approximately 500-mile system connecting
speeds of 220 miles per hour, providing a travel time between
Right now, the only nominally high-speed option in the
United States is the Acela line, which runs through the busy Northeast corridor, from Washington to . The trains are capable of traveling 150 miles, or 240 kilometers, per hour. But their average speeds are far lower, because of the need to share the track with other trains and because of the large, busy metropolises along the route. Boston
The major plans for new rail lines in the
High-Speed Rail – Express: Frequent, express service between major population centers 200–600 miles (320–965 km) apart, with few intermediate stops. Top speeds of at least 150 mph (240 km/h) on completely grade-separated, dedicated rights-of-way (with the possible exception of some shared track in terminal areas). Intended to relieve air and highway capacity constraints.
High-Speed Rail – Regional: Relatively frequent service between major and moderate population centers 100–500 miles (160–800 km) apart, with some intermediate stops. Top speeds of 110–150 mph (177–240 km/h), grade-separated, with some dedicated and some shared track (using positive train control technology). Intended to relieve highway and, to some extent, air capacity constraints.
Emerging High-Speed Rail: Developing corridors of 100–500 miles (160–800 km), with strong potential for future HSR Regional and/or Express service. Top speeds of up to 90–110 mph (145–177 km/h) on primarily shared track (eventually using positive train control technology), with advanced grade crossing protection or separation. Intended to develop the passenger rail market, and provide some relief to other modes
China opened it's 15th High speed rail, the Huhang (Shanghai-Hangzhou) PDL by 26 October, 2010 which will use the CRH380A trainset manufactured by CSR Sifang. Currently
China will have a rail network of 110,000 km by 2012, with 13,000 km of it high-speed rail. The highlight of
I rode the
The extension of the maglev to