China Standard Bullet Train in Operation
The China Railway Corporation announced on 15 August 2016 that its China Standard bullet train has begun operating in northeast China’s Liaoning province. Train No. G8041 left Dalian for Shenyang, capital of Liaoning on 15 August. It is the first passenger service on China Standard EMU trains. The trains reach a speed of 350km/h.
The China standard bullet train features a cutting-edge exterior design, low energy consumption and has a standard parts design. It also has improved safety features as compared to older models.
China’s fleet of EMUs is the world’s largest, with 2,470 trains. The length of high speed track in China, totalling 19,000km, makes up 60% of the global length of high speed tracks in the world. Chinese rail technology is among the most impressive in the world, with two trains recently passing each other at a combined speed of 840km/h in successful test runs.
Zhou Li, Head of Technological Management at the China Railway Corporation, said:
“China independently owns the design of the EMU, and it will be a leading model for China to export to the world.”
The 150km high-speed link connecting Indonesian capital Jakarta and Bandung launched construction in January 2016. The project is almost entirely Chinese, including technical standards, survey and design, construction, equipment manufacturing and personnel training. China will continue to export bespoke rail products and services for the export market. Chinese bullet trains have already been sold to Indonesia, Russia, Iran and India.