China unveils new 300-km-per-hour bullet trainDecember 24th, 2007 - 3:09 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, Dec.24 (ANI): The first bullet train designed and manufactured in China with a speed of 300-kilometers per hour rolled off the production line on Saturday morning.
The train is the latest model in the country’s China Railway High-speed (CRH) Series, reports Xinhua.
China has joined an elite world club after Japan, France and Germany to become the fourth country capable of turning out such high speed trains,” said Wang Yongping, a Ministry of Railways spokesman.
Previously, China’s fastest self-developed trains ran at a service speed of up to 250 km per hour. Those trains, which debuted on April 18, serve the Beijing-Harbin, Beijing-Shanghai and Beijing-Guangzhou routes.
The new train, by comparison, excels in its air tightness, driving force and smoothness of travelling, Wang claimed.
“The train body was the lightest of its kind in the world,” said Ma Yunshuang, vice director with the technical centre of China Southern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corporation.
Sifang Locomotive, a subsidiary of China Southern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corporation, plans to deliver 10 such trains to the Ministry of Railways in the first half of next year, said Jiang Jing, CEO of the company.
The trains with eight carriages could seat about 600 passengers. They were expected to run on the 115-km Beijing-Tianjin route starting from August before the Beijing Olympic Games. It would reduce the journey time from the current 80 minutes to around 30 minutes. (ANI)
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