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Advances in High-speed Rail TechnologyYoutong FangYuehong (Helen) ZhangEditorsChina’s High-Speed RailTechnologyAn International Perspective
Advances in High-speed Rail Technology
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EditorsYoutong FangZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChinaYuehong (Helen) ZhangZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChinaISSN 2363-5010ISSN 2363-5029(electronic)Advances in High-speed Rail TechnologyISBN 978-981-10-5609-3ISBN 978-981-10-5610-9(eBook)Jointly published with Zhejiang University Press, HangzhouThe print edition is not for sale in China Mainland. Customers from the China Mainland please order theprint book from: Zhejiang University Press.Library of Congress Control Number: 2017946043©Zhejiang University Press, Hangzhou and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018This work is subject to copyright. All rights are reserved by the Publishers, whether the whole or partof the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, reprinting, reuse of illustrations,recitation, broadcasting, reproduction on microfilms or in any other physical way, and transmissionor information storage and retrieval, electronic adaptation, computer software, or by similar or dissimilarmethodology now known or hereafter developed.The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, service marks, etc. in thispublication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt fromthe relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use.The publishers, the authors and the editors are safe to assume that the advice and information in thisbook are believed to be true and accurate at the date of publication. Neither the publishers nor theauthors or the editors give a warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein orfor any errors or omissions that may have been made. The publishers remains neutral with regard tojurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.Printed on acid-free paperThis Springer imprint is published by Springer NatureThe registered company is Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.The registered company address is: 152 Beach Road, #21-01/04 Gateway East, Singapore 189721, Singapore
ForewordThe steam locomotive wasfirst developed by Richard Trevithick in 1804, butseveral significant advances were made before its use on the Stockton andDarlington Railway in 1825, closely followed by thefirst true intercity railway inthe world, between Liverpool and Manchester in 1830. George Stephenson and hisson Robert were intimately associated with these early railways, so perhapsunsurprisingly, but not quite accurately, George Stephenson is known worldwide asthe father of the railways. The railway rapidly became the most important masstransportation system because of its convenience, speed, efficiency, and considerableeconomic advantage over other existing but much slower modes. Although manyimprovements took place in the succeeding century, by the early 1960s, the railwaygenerally was in decline in competition with, principally, the automobile. But in1964, the opening of Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen marked the entry into the worldof high-speed rail operating at high capacity and the rebirth of the railway. Modern

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