A Long Gray Dragon

Liying Feng

Chinese

在斯德哥尔摩的阿兰达机场,我们来自迈阿密的大学的一行人走进了Arlanda Express。这一系列高速电气化机场快线只需要20分钟就可以到达斯德哥尔摩中央车站,是最快速也是最环保的方式从阿兰达机场到市区,同时,它的列车造型也很有设计感。


从外面看来,黄白颜色的车身闪着一些反射的光斑,它看起来像一整条灰色的长龙在最头前的地方有一点黄色。在内置的装潢,宽敞的老式双排首席执行官风格席位,视野超佳的全景玻璃窗镶在木头框架里,在一些车厢内,有一个柜桌和小椅子,桌上小台灯,人们可以把电脑放在上面工作。


在每节车厢一端的上方,有一个LED电子信息框,显示火车的速度、当天的时间、和车外的温度。这个信息框类似于我在中国高铁上看到过的差不多样子。


Arlanda Express的最快时速可达200公里或120英里。当时早在1900年代的瑞典在努力地减少空气污染,为了更方便连接斯德哥尔摩阿兰达国际机场和市区,便开始了建设这一系机场快线。


火车建成于1999年的11月,五年之后,瑞典政府将这条机场快线出售给了一家澳洲公司作为在瑞典运作的监管。


 


English

At the airport in Stockholm, our group from the University of Miami stepped into the Arlanda Express, a high-speed electric train. And in 20 minutes we were at the downtown train station.  The train is the fastest and most environmentally friendly way of travelling from the airport to the city.  It is beautifully designed.

From the outside, it looks like a long gray dragon with a bright yellow nose. Inside, it is spacious with double rows of high-backed, executive style seats, big picture windows framed in blond wood and, in some coaches, there is a counter with stools and small reading lamps where people can work at their computers.

On a panel at one end of each compartment, the train’s speed, the time of day and the temperature outside the train are displayed.  The display is similar to what we have in modern trains in China, where I come from.

The Arlanda Express can reach speeds of up to 200 kilometers or 120 miles an hour.  The train was developed in the early 1990s as traffic at Stockholm’s Arlanda International Airport was increasing and Sweden was struggling to reduce air pollution.

The train was inaugurated in November 1999 year.  Five years later the government of Sweden sold the train to an Australian company which operates under Swedish regulation. #

 

One response to “A Long Gray Dragon”

  1. Inge the swede says:

    I like the picture ” a long gray dragon with a bright yellow nose”.