China tests 500km/h high-speed train

2011-12-26 20:15

Beijing - China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend which is capable of travelling 500km/h, state media said on Monday, as the country moves ahead with its railway ambitions despite serious problems on its high-speed network.

The train, made by a subsidiary of CSR, China's largest train maker, is designed to resemble an ancient Chinese sword, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

It "will provide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations", it quoted train expert Shen Zhiyun as saying.

But future Chinese trains will not necessarily run at such high speeds, CSR chair Zhao Xiaogang told the Beijing Morning News.

"We aim to ensure the safety of train operations," he said.

China's railway industry has had a tough year, highlighted by a collision between two high-speed trains in July which killed at least 40 people. Construction of new high-speed trains in China has since been slow.

In February, the railways minister, Liu Zhijun, a key figure behind the boom in the sector, was dismissed over corruption charges that have not yet been tried in court.

  • Calvin - 2011-12-26 22:47

    Not that I am not impressed, but I sense another potential catastrophy.

      Peter - 2011-12-27 07:51

      compare the amount killed on our roads Jnb CPT 2.5 hours

  • Juan - 2011-12-27 09:50

    Wow imagine the thing going off the rails @500km/h like their other trains does. I would hate to be a passanger on that thing

  • gerhard.nel - 2011-12-27 12:03

    If it were build in SA, it will travel the distance between Cape Town to Joburg in just over 3 hours. That is impressive.

      Grant - 2011-12-27 20:47

      Gerhard, think about this one boet : to go between CT and Jhb they would have to have 2 underground tunnels running in opposite directions. There is no way an overland train could travel at that speed. Think of towns, level crossings etc. They would have to be deep to get under the Orange river. I don't know what type of rail the Chinese are using but I'm sure its not what we are.

      Wesley - 2012-04-06 16:49

      Thats not true, what about the train drivers strike

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2011-12-27 14:48

    Travelling in that train I will make sure I have airbags positioned all around me, a helmet and a parachute when flying through the air.

  • raath - 2011-12-28 13:46

    This explains why they have such a hunger for more electricity, ergo more (coal powered) power stations.

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