China is beginning to explore high speed train technology, and who knows where it could lead. To illustrate some ideas about China’s emerging high-speed train technology, the author provides the following theoretical discussion:
I’ve been discussing the idea that if you put a maglev train in a tube and create a vacuum, then you can run it faster wherever you want it to go. Ok, nice idea, but I should point out the following flaws:
- Every time a train enters this tube it has to be sealed and a vacuum created; the longer the tube the longer this will take.
- Each train will need to carry its own oxygen supply or the passengers will arrive dead, not to mention any pets or other living things.
- In such an environment a train can’t have a kitchen or cook as there can’t be any exhaust.
- Should repairs be needed then the whole…
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