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Old September 18th, 2007, 07:30 AM   #221
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^ very nice interior.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 09:26 PM   #222
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How long does it take to travel from the airport to the city centre by the new train?

I remember it took me almost an hour to get to the airport by bus when I visited BJ last year.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 05:14 AM   #223
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20 km and 4 stations. so the travel time is around 20 min.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 08:04 PM   #224
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r there luggage racks??
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Old September 20th, 2007, 04:06 AM   #225
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The third rail in the centre of the track is the activator plate for the linear induction motor. It is essentially the outside ring of an electromagnet and beneath the train are a series of magnets that are rapidly switched between attract and repel to provide propulsion. It is the same type of propulsion used in a maglev train except that it runs on rails instead of a magnetic levitation field.

The main idea behind the linear induction motor propulsion is that ongoing maintenance of the trains should be minimal because there is no motor to wear out. The trains also have steerable wheel assemblies to allow them to take tighter corners than conventional metros. The linear induction motor also allows the trains to climb somewhat steeper grades than conventional metros.

Those are going to be great looking trains for Beijing. I'm surprised there are going to be drivers. Both the Vancouver SkyTrain and the Kuala Lampur Skytrain are automated. Then again with such a large population labour shortages should not be a problem nor is the cost of wages and benefits for workers high enough to warrant a driver-less automated system.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 05:03 AM   #226
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I'm surprised there are going to be drivers. Both the Vancouver SkyTrain and the Kuala Lampur Skytrain are automated. Then again with such a large population labour shortages should not be a problem nor is the cost of wages and benefits for workers high enough to warrant a driver-less automated system.
I think it will be automated. In the "cab view" you can see regular passenger seats in the foreground. The controls that you see will be covered by a panel which is visible in the picture, also note the hinges. I think it is open just for display. Vancouver MKII trains also have these controls but you never see them because they are covered.


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Old September 20th, 2007, 05:17 AM   #227
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^ You know what, you're absolutely right. I didn't look closely enough. Thanks for the correction.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 06:40 AM   #228
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Anyone know when it'll open? I assume June 2008, like nearly everything else being built for the Olympics, but it would be nice to have it earlier...
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Old September 20th, 2007, 07:31 AM   #229
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90km/h is kind of slow.
thats the like the top speed on most canadian freeways well in BC anyway
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Old September 20th, 2007, 07:43 AM   #230
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thats the like the top speed on most canadian freeways well in BC anyway
Top speed on some BC highways is 110km/h.
90km/h for an airport link with only four stations is kind of slow. Look at the Shanghai Maglev, 431km/h!
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Old September 21st, 2007, 07:41 AM   #231
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New Beijing Line 1 Train

They will be used before the Olympics, produced by the CSR Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. (南车四方机车车辆股份有限公司 ) in Qingdiao.

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北京地铁一号线新型列车亮相 奥运前交付使用
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Old September 21st, 2007, 07:52 AM   #232
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That train looks wierd, funny and scary at the same time
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Old September 21st, 2007, 10:45 AM   #233
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That train looks like a dick.

Unusual head design.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 11:14 AM   #234
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It looks like there will be very few seats in the new cars, though it's kind of hard to say. That's worrying; it's already almost impossible to sit down in the Beijing subway!
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Update for Beijing Subway

According to today's Xinhua, there's a slight delay for Line 5 of Beijing's subway; it's now scheduled to open on October 7.

The article (sorry, only Chinese) also includes details on some of the other lines in various stages of construction.

http://www.bj.xinhuanet.com/bjpd_bjz...t_11221129.htm
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Will they have air-con? At the moment Line 1 has fans to cool people down - and it does get incredibly hot in Beijing!
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Will they have air-con? At the moment Line 1 has fans to cool people down - and it does get incredibly hot in Beijing!
right. It's hot in summer and cold in winter. Line 1 is the oldest (opened in 1969) and worst subway line in China. Thank god they finally use A/C trains for that line.

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Old September 21st, 2007, 04:25 PM   #238
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look like Japan trains.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 12:07 AM   #239
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right. It's hot in summer and cold in winter. Line 1 is the oldest (opened in 1969) and worst subway line in China. Thank god they finally use A/C trains for that line.

Where does the hot air go? Do the tunnels/stations have up-to-date air circulation systems?

And am I the only one that's first impression was: Eurgh?
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 12:37 AM   #240
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Note that the cars are wider than the Vancouver MKIIs - look at the width of the front window to compare. That's JFK Airtrain width (10ft).

Also of note - 40 vehicles (cars) at 4 cars per train means 10 trains for a 4 station (20 km) line - sounds reasonably frequent.
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