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Think out of the box – From China with Love!

Posted on: May 29, 2010

We often hear phrases like: think new, think out of the box. Find new solutions to old problems, be innovative. Here is a practical motivational example from China on thinking out of the box: A train that does not stop on rail way stations!

How can it be? It is said: “Seeing is believing”. There is a video in this post which you can see. However, before you see the video, here is a brief description:

The bullet train is moving all the time. If there are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou, just stopping and accelerating at each station wastes energy and time.  A mere 5 minute stop per station (elderly passengers cannot be hurried) results in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time.

When the train arrives at a station, it will not stop at all.  The passengers at a station will embark onto to a connector cabin way before the train arrives at the station. When the train approaches, it does not stop at all.  It just slows down a little to couple with the connector cabin which will move with the train on its roof. While the train is far away from the station, those passengers will board the train from the connector cabin mounted on the train’s roof.

After fully unloading its passengers, the connector cabin will move 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 simply disengages with the connector cabin and leaves it behind at the station.  

Here is the video – Now this is innovation? What do you think?

Note: The above ideas were contributed by Mr. Umer Raza Bhutta, Manager HR at Trans World Associates (Private) Limited. If you have any idea to contribute or you intend to write about interesting ideas from best selling business or any management book, you can send an email to wisdomfrombooks@gmail.com



3 Responses to "Think out of the box – From China with Love!"


This also shows the attitude of these nations towards time – the greatest wealth.

I once went to an NGO physical infrastructure scheme where they had made brick pavement, a mile long. I asked about cost-benefit analysis and they mentioned that since the local population can now save 10 minutes each day per side, there is bound to be economic growth as they will daily have 20 more minutes and can earn more ….

When I asked what’s the actual situation, they said, “off the record, well, now the pedestrians leave 10 minutes late and the time they save is mostly spent in chit-chat”!

Have a great week.

looks really amazing, but might have some technical issues like say, relative motion effect on passengers etc…but no doubt concept is great..thanks for sharing

Another interesting concept… better than CNG at least!


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