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I want a photo diary :-)

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by DoDo on Fri Sep 5th, 2008 at 03:04:41 AM EST
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I'm afraid I don't have any good pix of trains in China, but here are a few to give an idea:

An older train from Hangzhou to Shanghai:


(the goofy guy on the right is me, and the one on my left is my kid brother)

And here are some pix from a newer train from Shanghai to Hangzhou:

Not a flying saucer, but Shanghai South Station:

Inside Shanghai South:

Boarding the train:

Dining car:

Inside:

Then there is the Shanghai Maglev connecting Shanghai Pudong Airport with Longyang-lu station in the city:

The maglev "tracks":

Approaching...

Arriving...

Here is a really short and crummy video of the Shanghai Maglev Train pulling into Longyang-lu station (which I took to get to Pudong Airport):

Unfortunately, I did not start recording till the train was close, which does not give you an idea of how quiet it is.  (This video was actually taken on a different day than those pictures.)

The maglev can go up to 431 km/h, but it has never gone much faster than 300 km/h whenever I have ridden it (which makes sense, given the very short distance it goes between Longyang-lu Station and the airport:



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by marco on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 at 03:46:44 AM EST
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Thanks for the pics!

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 at 09:36:30 AM EST
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They would be worth doing a stand alone diary too!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 at 09:36:57 AM EST
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Agreed!

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 at 10:27:58 AM EST
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The "newer train" you took is by all looks (and restaurant car number) CRH2 #21 (one of the 250 km/h sets already built in China), so comparison with Japan was apt...

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by DoDo on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 at 10:42:25 AM EST
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To a non-expert those trains and facilities certainly look like any European ones I´ve seen, marco.  Nice.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 at 12:45:51 PM EST
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