China’s next generation bullet train “Fuxing” debuted on the Beijing-Shanghai line on 26 June 2017.
A CR400AF model departed Beijing South Railway Station at 11:05 a.m. for Shanghai. At the same time, the CR400BF model left Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for Beijing.
The new bullet trains, also known as electric multiple units (EMU), boast top speeds of 400 kilometres an hour and a consistent speed of 350 kilometres an hour.
The train was designed and manufactured by China.
The train includes a sophisticated monitoring system that constantly checks its performance and automatically slows the train in case of emergencies or abnormal conditions.
Thanks to a remote data-transmission system, a control centre will be able to monitor the train in real time.
Lu Dongfu, general manager of China Railway Corp., operator of the new train, said “Fuxing” (rejuvenation), underpins the unique role that high-speed railway has played in China’s economic and social development.
Previous bullet trains featured the characters “Hexiehao” (harmony), on the exterior of each train.
China has the world’s longest high-speed railway network, 22,000 kilometres by the end of 2016, about 60% of the world’s total.
Beijing-Shanghai railway line is China’s busiest route, used by 50,5000 passengers daily.
(Source: Xinhua news agency)