Monday, March 10, 2008

Homegrown train to run from Beijing to Tianjin during Olympics

China's first bullet train with a speed as high as 300 km per hour has completed a test run and will be put into operation during the Beijing Olympics this August, China's Xinhua news reported.
Manufacturers from East China's Qingdao and North China's Tangshan will jointly produce the high-speed train, which is the latest model in the China Railway High-speed (CRH) Series.

The shuttle train will only take passengers about 30 minutes to travel between the two municipalities, less than half of the current 70-80 minutes, sources said.

The new bullet train makes China to become the fourth country capable of producing such high-speed trains. Previously, the fastest homegrown trains can only run at a service speed up to 250 km per hour, and these trains are now serving the Beijng-Harbin, Beijing-Shanghai and Beijing-Guangzhou routes.

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