- China has pushed the boundary for railway transport systems as it created a levitation train which can cover long distances in relatively short time
- The speed of the new train's prototype beats the current Beijing rail which travels at a rapid speed of 350km in one hour
- If everything goes according to plan, the Chinese government is working on making the train service available by the second half of 2021
China unveiled a new technology in rail transportation with its prototype high-speed magnetic levitation bullet train.
According to DesignBoom, the train can travel at high speeds of 600km per hour and was developed by China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC).
The train is set to start serving the public in 2021. It should be noted that magnetic levitation is a type of technology in a train transport system where magnetic forces are deployed to make trains travel efficiently at high speeds.
With the use of two magnetic forces, the train is pushed forward at a pace that makes it ‘float’ without friction. The lack of friction between the train and the tracks boosts the speed.
It should be noted that the popular Beijing-Shanghai rail has a speed of 350km per hour, which makes the new prototype the fastest in the country.
The CRRC’s deputy chief engineer, Ding Sansan, said the train can travel from Beijing to Shanghai in about 3.5 hours, beating an aeroplane’s speed of 4.5 hours over the same distance.
The new train will be going through numerous tests before it launches. A centre and a production building are currently being set up as the new service is expected to begin soon.
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In other transport-related news, Briefly.co.za ran a story by freelance writer Zakithi Dlamini which focused on teachers using their own cars to transport learners in order to ensure their wellbeing.
Cottonlands Primary School teachers were given a round of applause for proving beyond doubt that they care about their pupils and their future. These educators provided more than lessons to children but they went the extra mile to ensure their learners’ wellbeing.
The community praised these heroes for their kind deeds as they wake up very early to leave from their homes to pick up children before the school begins. They sacrificed their time, their beauty sleep and their fuel; all out of their own pockets.
The educators used their private vehicles to ensure that pupils got to school and were not left behind in their studies. They were given thumbs-ups for their love and kindness towards their learners.
Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Asanda Khuzwayo, a resident, said it is a heart-warming gesture by educators to take extra care of the learners.
“If they didn’t care, they would just sit in their staff room and wait for their paycheque. They wouldn't care if the learners come to school or not. Fortunately for Cottonlands, our teachers go an extra mile to see our children succeed.
"We never heard them complain about their time or petrol. We never heard them ask for contributions towards their fuel. They expect nothing in return but good results at the end of the year. All is done with love. A round of applause to our wonderful teachers. Cottonlands is blessed,” she said.
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