This is a brilliant Chinese concept for non-stop train. If there are 30 railway stations to cross when a fast moving bullet train is operated between two cities, just stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time. A mere 5 min stop per station will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours. So the basic idea revolves around how a fast moving train could be run without stopping in any of the stations and yet commute passengers from one station to the other.
How it works:
The passengers at a station embarks on 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 the next batch of outgoing passengers who want to alight at the next station will board 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. 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.
This video could explain the concept more easily
This content was shared with GConnect by Ms.Latha Nair, Superintendent of Central Excise, Chennai