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Get on & off the bullet train without the train stopping.

No time is wasted. The bullet train is moving all the time. If there are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou.

A mere 5 min stop per station (elderly passengers cannot be hurried) will result in a  total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!

 

How it works (read then view the movie - the commentary is in mandarin):

1. For those who are boarding the train: The passengers at a station embark onto to a connector cabin way before the train even arrives at the station. When the train arrives, 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 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.

2. For those who are getting off: After fully unloading all its passengers, the 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. 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. 

 
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curzon

Curzon Street railway station was used briefly for regular scheduled passenger services between 1838 and 1854 when it acted as the terminus for both the London and Birmingham Railway and the Grand Junction Railway. It was then used for excursions until 1893 and goods traffic until 1966 when it closed. More recently the surviving entrance building has been used for occasional art events.

In 2010 a new Curzon Street station, partly on the site of the historical station has been proposed as the Birmingham terminus for High Speed 2.

The surviving Grade I Listed entrance building was designed by Philip Hardwick and constructed in 1838 and is the world's oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture. The architecture is Roman inspired, following Hardwick's trip to Italy in 1818–19. It has tall pillars running up the front of the building, made out of a series of huge blocks of stone. The design mirrored the Euston Arch at the London end of the L&BR. As part of the original design, the building was to be flanked by two arches leading into the station, but excavations revealed that these were never built. The interior housed the booking hall, with a large iron balustraded stone staircase, a refreshment room and offices. It is three storeys tall but relatively small.

 

 

 
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The Trust will beat Tynemouth Station Book Fair on Saturday 18th April 2010

 

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Posted By Robert. Stephenson

Discovery how steam power transformed 19th century Britain, as Dan looks back at railway pioneers George and Robert Stephenson.

 

Thursday 13th May National Geographic Channel 9am

Wednesday 19th May National Geographic Channel 9pm

Thursday 20th May National Geogaphic Channel 1amcrukshank

 
   
   
 


 
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