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Bring On The Cold!

February 26, 2021
Fuxing CR400AF Train
By N509FZ – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60395037

There’s a new train in town, and it’s fast, self-driving, and can withstand really, really cold weather! Awesome, right? It is! Trains have come a long way since the first steam engine locomotive was introduced in 1804 by Englishman Richard Trevithick. In fact, thanks to innovative technology, entrepreneurs such as Tesla’s Elon Musk and Virgin’s Richard Branson have taken the simple and reliable train, which seems to remind people of the past, into the future. Heard of the Hyperloop? Well, it looks like China has just unveiled their latest bullet train—a type of high-speed train that was first invented by Japanese engineer Hideo Shima and began operation just in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. China’s new bullet train can travel at over two hundred miles per hour and withstand extremely cold temperatures. How cold? We’re talking a teeth-chattering -40 degrees Fahrenheit! The new Fuxing series of high-speed trains are built with special bolts, pipes, materials, and technology that can withstand really cold temperatures. It’s helpful when these trains will be traveling to some of China’s coldest places, like Harbin where the world’s largest ice festival takes place every year. And let’s not forget about the upcoming 2022 Beijing Olympics. It looks like these extremely fast Fuxing series of trains will be taking passengers from Beijing to other host cities two to three times quicker than old trains could. No one wants to miss the excitement of the games!