trains stories

You know all those fancy high-speed trains? The sad fact is that for a lot of the time, they're not moving any faster than my living room is moving right now. Trains waste a huge amount of time and energy picking up passengers at stations, but if it were somehow possible for the stations to meet the train, things would be a lot more efficient.
Amtrack is pretty proud of its 150 mph Acela Express. California will be pretty proud of its 220 mph high speed rail project, if it ever happens. Japan is poised to leave us all in the dust, though, with a new maglev train slated to connect Tokyo with Nagoya and Osaka at a knuckle-whitening 313 mph.
We posted about the Superbus earlier today, and while poking around for more info, we discovered that back in 1979, NBC had Supertrain, which is just a whole new level of craziness. Imagine a giant train, powered by a nuclear reactor, driven by the cast of Love Boat. What could possibly go wrong?
Lookout! In case you haven't noticed, China is climbing on up the wooden ladder — and not slowly. The Chinese are quickly scooping up as many "world's fastest" titles it can get. Most recently, it was the world's fastest supercomputer and now it's the world's fastest high speed rail train.
China is hoping to complete a massive rail network that would help the country cut down on pollution in addition to moving folks around on trains that are as fast as jets. To get them going that fast, though, Chinese engineers are considering a special tunnel system.