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May 30, 2010

China Has an Innovation That Would Make All High Speed Trains Non-Stop

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By using connector cabins to embark and disembark a high speed train never needs to fully stop at a station.

Boarding a Train


The passengers at a station embarks onto to a connector cabin way before the train even arrives 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 moving 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 cabin 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.




Getting off a Train

As stated after fully unloading all its passengers, the cabin connector cabin will be moved to the back of the train so that the next batch of outgoing passengers who want to get off 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.


Chen Jianjun’s train design is not the only one to propose this: China’s Dynamic City Foundation also proposed such a solution. And The Venus Project’s Jacque Fresco also proposed a version of this concept that would employ maglev trains (such that there would be minimal energy expenditure attributable to friction).

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Another Proposal to Achieve non-stop Rail

The D_Rail interactive installation by the DCF is a 64 KM long hybrid high-speed train that never stops. The installation allows the user to define the shape of Beijing. An efficient shape makes for a faster ride on the travelator on top of Beijing's 4th ring.



Chen Jianjun of China designed a train that would remain in constant motion while an accelerating pod would drop off and pick up passengers at designated stops. Depicted in the video above, the concept is promising as it could enable trains to coast at higher speeds without decelerating or spending time boarding passengers. Also, it could reduce fuel expenditures by conserving energy that otherwise would be used for acceleration after a complete stop.



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