India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trains

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    India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trains
    India has taken the first step towards running a truly high speed train by opting for magnetic levitation (Maglev) technology under which the screech of the wheel hitting the track is obviated as the train floats at high speeds a few inches over the track.

    Thus India will avoid emulating Chile and some other countries that have been running refurbished versions at higher than currently prevailing speeds on the same track.

    Rather, the country is fashioning a new game altogether, said a Railway officer specialising in design. Running on dedicated tracks, the trains will come in complete sets: there will be engine cabs at both ends and non-detachable coaches in the middle. This will eliminate the swaying motion Indian travellers are accustomed to.

    The trains will have under carriages placed in a way that one axle and two wheels come under one coach and the rest under the next one, thus guaranteeing rapid fire acceleration.

    The snub-nosed engines, super shiny outer hull and windows merged with the coach body are some of the features that will cut air resistance, the Railway official said. With cars to be allowed right next to the platform, passengers can park in front of the allocated coach.

    As the train surges to its top speed, WiFi and mobile phone connections will continue to work seamlessly, for the entire ecosystem is electronics-intensive and microprocessor controlled so much so that wayside signals rushing past the train will be reflected on the locomotive’s control panel.

    Instead of the no-option, tepid railway meals, orders could be placed at well-known food chains willing to cater to these trains. One SMS and food will be available at the next intermediate station.

    But before this, there is hard work ahead. The Economic Survey has warned that high tariff and large passenger volumes are required to justify investment in the project, which is highly capital intensive in nature.

    During his Japan visit and interaction here with the Chinese, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be exploring complete financing options at close to zero interest rates. Simultaneously, the Railways will work on reducing overhead costs through property development and other means.

    If all goes well, India will join the club of two dozen countries running ultra high speed trains. For a country which figures in the first few in having an aircraft carrier, a full fledged space and nuclear programme and an ongoing mission to Mars, this will be better late than never.

    India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trains - The Hindu
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    Good thing for India.
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    Sweet dreams of some Railway officer. Come out of dreams & take some action. Do something that is immediately possible & then talk but not talk about something that will happen 20 years later.
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    Maglev trains is also a issue that will be discussed in the upcoming Modi's visit to Japan. India and Japan are co operating in this field.

    Japanese Maglev hit 500 km/hr mark

     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    better not build such trains,
    in China, such trains are protested against by ppl coz they are not good
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    They are on par with air travel and are cheaper. They work well in selected routes not in every route.
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

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    not good for health and environment, thus they protest and the government gave up the plan
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    These protests are because of poor Chinese safety norms, Chinese standards are 22.5 M where as German standard is 300 M.

     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    these protests are not in Shanghai, but in Shenzhen
    the shanghai-hangzhou maglev project with 22.5m concerns was suspended due to the protests and concerns

    when a french train crash, korean train crash, you would think it is just a accident
    when a chinese train crash, you would say "ah, China poor quality" blabla
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    Japan Gov't OKs plan to to build maglev line, despite environmental concerns
    Gov't OKs plan to to build maglev line, despite environmental concerns ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

    However, Ota also voiced concern about the environmental impact that the construction and long-term operation of the maglev rail would have. He urged JR Tokai to make effective use of waste soil and keep local residents in the loop about construction plans, TBS reported.
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    What makes you think what we have today is good for the environment?
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    It's fine. Unlike Japan, our railways build most of their lines through very barren areas. So, there is no environment concern of the sort faced in Japan.

    This is from the deserts of Rajasthan.
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    Madhya Pradesh
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    Jungles of Maharashtra
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    We have plenty of use for displaced soil.

    And maglevs and bullet trains are more environment friendly than aircraft.
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    dude, those environment concerns are about when the Maglev passes some residence building.
    yes, a large part of the route is not near residence buildings, but some is
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    What is the concern?

    - Smoke? Pollution?

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    Anything is better than this.

    - Littering? (People throwing junk from trains)

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    High speed trains come with sealed doors and windows eliminating littering.

    - Animal and human victims while crossing tracks illegally?

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    Maglevs come on elevated platforms. Animals and humans can cross safely under the tracks.
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    - Too much noise?

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    You have to check out how loud our current trains are.

    Most of the noise comes from the engine, the horn and the friction on the tracks. Maglevs are silent as there is no noise from the engine and friction from tracks. Horns can be eliminated since tracks are elevated and traffic cannot come in the way.

    Maglevs also eliminate the need to use fossil fuels for engines. So the impact on the environment is drastically reduced compared to what we have today.

    So, what was this environmental concern you were talking about?
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    I am wishing the present government takes the railways and makes a revolution and upgrade. It's such a big opportunity and potential
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    if no concern, why do they protest?

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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    Because the maglev they have planned is just 10 m away from residential areas. It is a China-specific issue. It won't affect India.
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    @Srinivas_K - you are good in posting current news. . .
    Go on dude, keep going. .
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    This is a good platform for meaningful India related news discussions and world affairs :thumb:
     
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    Re: India considers magnetic levitation technology for high speed trai

    Shri Shri AK49 has claimed that ticket cost will be 70K for these type of trains....
     

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