Trainers have been testing bullet trains on remote sections of the track for years, but now the system is finally on track to be ready for public use.
The first train to run on the bullet train is expected to hit the track sometime in 2019.
There are many technical hurdles to overcome, including how the trains are loaded, how they are powered and how the train’s wheels are controlled.
At this point, there are only three companies that have been awarded contracts to build the system: AeroTrain (Australia) and AeroTrain Europe (France), the latter of which has just received a $2.4 billion contract.
If all goes well, the train will be in service sometime in 2027.
For now, the system will have to rely on remote parts of the train to get around.
“The main issue is that it is going to be very challenging to actually get it to the stations on the ground,” said AeroTrain’s Chief Engineer Mark Kloetzer.
Kloetz said the main challenge will be getting the trains to the locations that are already being used, such as a gas station, grocery store and a convenience store.
In a blog post, AeroTrain explained how it has been working on the system.
They are using some existing rail lines, such the existing line between Sydney and the Gold Coast, which is about one kilometre long, and they have also installed some new tracks.
The company said the new tracks will connect with existing tracks and will be used to connect with the existing freight rail network.
Acevedo said that the system should be able to handle a maximum of 300 trains per hour.
With the system now up and running, it is likely that the bullet trains will be the first commercial train to use the technology.
While AeroTrain and AeroTrack Europe have been working to build their bullet train system, there is no clear timetable for when the public will be able see them.
Currently, the bullet system is only available to train operators and passengers.
But AeroTrain says it is working with other train operators to develop the system so that it could be used for other purposes.
More to come.