China’s indigenous next generation bullet train with a maximum speed of 400 kmph made its debut today on the country’s busiest Beijing-Shanghai line. ‘Fuxing’, a CR400AF model, departed Beijing South Railway Station at 11:05 AM for Shanghai. At the same time, a CR400AF model left Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for Beijing. The train took about five hours and 45 minutes to reach Shanghai. On its way, it stopped by 10 stations, including Jinan, Shandong province and Tianjin. The new bullet trains, also known as electric multiple units (EMU), boast a top speed of 400 kilometres per hour and a consistent speed of 350 kilometres an hour, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
‘Fuxing’ or rejuvenation, made the debut on the Beijing-Shanghai line, the country’s busiest route used by 50,5000 passengers daily. The train was designed and manufactured by China, the report said. The train includes a sophisticated monitoring system that constantly checks its performance and automatically slows the train in case of emergencies or abnormal conditions. A remote data-transmission system, a control centre will be able to monitor the train in real time, it said.
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Lu Dongfu, general manager of China Railway Corporation, operator of the new train, said ‘Fuxing’, 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.
Beijing-Shanghai railway line is China’s busiest route, used by 50,5000 passengers daily. China has the world’s longest railway network with 22,000 kilometres by the end of last year, about 60 per cent of the world’s total.