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Non-stop train rides of the future
Looking for an alternative to air travel? How about non-stop fast trains?
The Chinese are working on this new concept.
There are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou, 30 stops with a minimum of 5 minutes per stop. That's an extra 2.5 hours of train time.
Some of you may remember the trains in Spain in the 1970s and 80s. Few people had cars and though hitchhiking was still an acceptable practice, students used to get around the country mostly by bus or train. Taking the mail train, the "Correo", or the fast train, the "Rápido", or the express train, the "Expreso", for long distance travel in Spain challenged your patience. The trains stopped in every station and the trip was interminable. Then the Talgo appeared and train travel was pleasant, though too expensive for most budgets. The AVE came in next but again the price was high. This Spanish bullet train is very efficient and many business travelers are opting for this means of transportation, leaving the delays, cancelations and lost luggage at the airports for the budget travelers. Yes, the times have changed. It's often cheaper to fly, but faster to take the train.
What's the next step?
The Chinese are working on a bullet train which never stops. It slows down at the stations but the passengers are already on board a connector cabin which then slides onto the top of a bullet train as it cruises through the station. Another connector cabin slides off the back of the train with the arriving passengers on board. Why not? Sounds interesting. Look at this 1 minute film. It's in Chinese which you just might not speak, but the graphics are very clear and self expanatory.
hitchhiking: ir de auto-stop
get around: moverse, ir de aquí para allá
budget: presupuesto, bajo gasto
bullet train: alta velocidad (bala)
luggage: equipaje, maletas