Last week we posted design images of the Chinese Drive Through Bus. Today a colleague sent me another Chinese transit idea: the train that never stops. Check this out.
Paraphrasing this blog I found about the concept:
No time is wasted. The bullet train is moving all the time. If there are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou , just stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time. A mere 5 min stop per station (that seems like a really long time–you only get 30 seconds to board MetroRail!) will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!
How it works:
To board 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 will not stop at all. 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 cabin connector cabin will be moved to the back of the train so that deboarding passengers who want to alight at the next station can fill the connector cabin at the rear of the train.
To deboard the train: After fully unloading all its passengers, the connector cabin will move to the back of the train so that outgoing passengers who want to alight at the next station can fill 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. The outgoing passengers can take their own time to disembark at the station while the train had already left. At the same time, the train will pick up the incoming embarking passengers on another connector cabin in the front part of the train’s roof. So the train will always drop one connector cabin at the rear of its roof and pick up a new connector cabin in the front part of the train’s roof at each station.
TOD Manager Lucy Galbraith, who tipped me off to this train concept, points out rightly that the engineers need to work on the concept a bit more for accessibility purposes. There are stairs everywhere!