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Old December 22nd, 2007, 01:06 PM   #561
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JINAN -- The first bullet train designed and manufactured in China with a speed of 300 kilometers per hour rolled off the production line on Saturday morning.
The train was the latest model in the country's China Railway High-speed (CRH) Series.

"This marks that China has joined an elite world club after Japan, France and Germany to become the fourth country capable of turning out such high speed trains," said Wang Yongping, Ministry of Railways spokesman.

Previously, China's fastest self-developed trains ran at a service speed of up to 250 km per hour. Those trains, which debuted on April 18, serve the Beijing-Harbin, Beijing-Shanghai and Beijing-Guangzhou routes.

The new train, by comparison, excelled in its air tightness, driving force and smoothness of traveling, according to Wang.

The streamlined train was made of aluminum alloy, weighing about seven tons. The thinnest part of the body was only 1.5 millimeters thick.

"The train body is the lightest of its kind in the world," said Ma Yunshuang, vice director with the technical center of China Southern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corporation. "Such a design was for the sake of energy economization."

He noted the train's per capita power was 12.7 kilowatts, lower than other high-speed trains, which was normally about 15 kilowatts.

Ma said the new train, which features a bar in the dining car and double-faced LCD TV screens in the first-class cabins, was equipped with shock absorbers between carriages.

"As the train is running at a high speed, the shock absorbers are used to reduced impulsive force and sway of the train body," he said.

Sifang Locomotive, a subsidiary of China Southern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corporation, planned to deliver 10 such trains to the Ministry of Railways in March, said Jiang Jing, CEO of the company.

A train with eight carriages could seat about 600 passengers. They were expected to run on the 115-km Beijing-Tianjin route starting from August before the Beijing Olympic Games. It would reduce the journey time from the current 80 minutes to around 30 minutes.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...nt_6341594.htm
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 02:32 PM   #562
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Well done to China. Slight error in the article - they are the 5th country, behind France, Japan, Germany and Italy.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 05:13 PM   #563
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Arguably 7th after Spanish-built Talgo 350s and UK-built Eurostars
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 08:33 PM   #564
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Dubious about Eurostars counting for the UK, I thought the UK did the traction motors and other power to wheel related parts, and the entire rest of the train was basically French? Still, we did develop the APT, but because it never got to a production run that can't count. Spain definately though - so China is at best 6th. Soon to be followed by South Korea
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Old December 26th, 2007, 04:51 AM   #565
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Construction Beijing-Shanghai fast rail to start
By Xin Dingding (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-12-26 07:13


The highly anticipated Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway will begin construction next month, a Ministry of Railways official said.

The ministry source, who did not want to be named, confirmed in a phone interview yesterday that preparations are now being made for a ceremony to commence construction of the system.

Based on that timeframe, the railway will be completed by 2013. Trains running on the 1,318 km railway will then be able to travel at speeds of up to 350 kph and will cut travel time between the two cities from the current 10 hours to less than five.

The project involves one of the largest amounts of investment on railways. Industry sources say it will cost more than 200 billion yuan ($27 billion), more than the 180 billion yuan needed for the Three Gorges Project.

Officials say the project will also employ a set of locally developed high-speed railway technology for the first time.

The country is said to have already mastered the technologies needed to lay high-speed rail tracks and trains.

The first homegrown train able to reach 300 kph rolled off the production line over the weekend, marking China's entry into "an elite club that includes Japan, France and Germany to become the fourth country capable of making such trains", Wang Yongping, Ministry of Railways spokesman said.

Officials added that the railway still relies on foreign companies, such as the Germany-based Siemens, to build its signal network and other systems.

China has been upgrading the scale and speed of its railway network in the past decade, and the 11th Five Year Plan period (2006-10) is regarded as a critical period for building high-speed railways that can travel at speeds of 200 kph as part of an extensive transport network.

At least eight express passenger railways were being constructed as of last year.

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Old December 26th, 2007, 01:26 PM   #566
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Dubious about Eurostars counting for the UK, I thought the UK did the traction motors and other power to wheel related parts, and the entire rest of the train was basically French? Still, we did develop the APT, but because it never got to a production run that can't count. Spain definately though - so China is at best 6th. Soon to be followed by South Korea
Actually half the Eurostars were built in Birmingham and the original chief designer of the TGV, Jack Cooper, was British. Sure they had some foreign parts, but no more than any other design does these days.

The article says "capable of turning out such high speed trains", so I'd argue that the UK qualifies.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 03:11 PM   #567
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Sometimes it is a bit difficult to track all the news about HSR coming from China.
Late November this yea CRH2 were deployed on Beijing-Tianjin rout (still on regular track) and their top speed reached only 165 km/h.




their introduction (as I understand temporary one) had in fact made things worse than their used to be before when Chinese made double decker trains (with same speed) were running between cities. CRH2 had cut the capacity (by about 40-50%) and increased the intervals - from 30-40 min to about 1,3 hours between trains. At the same time ticket price reamined same for last 10years (42 RMB for second class sit). As a result people now end up standing during the trip. Hopefully this bizzare situation will be resolved with opening of dedicated track.
BTW that is going to be very amazing ride - particularly when train will be leaving /entering Tianjin as much of it is elevated and elevated to great hight (about 20-30 m) withing the city













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Old December 27th, 2007, 02:28 AM   #568
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CRH2 = E2-1000 Shinkansen (Kawasaki)
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Old December 28th, 2007, 10:51 AM   #569
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CRH2 = E2-1000 Shinkansen (Kawasaki)
Uh we all know that. Why must Japanese people always remind us of that?
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Old December 28th, 2007, 03:37 PM   #570
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First units of ValeroCN (CRH3) delivered from Germany to Tianjin.

Altogehter, China ordered 60 units.

They will be used on the Bejing Tianjin Route, and be ready for the Olympics










Any of You guys know the exact price of one trainset/unit?
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Well done to China. Slight error in the article - they are the 5th country, behind France, Japan, Germany and Italy.
What about the turkish?

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Old December 30th, 2007, 11:25 AM   #572
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That's a Spanish build train.

The Korean company Rotem also builds High Speed Trains, although they use French technology, but since China also uses Japanese technology......
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Old December 30th, 2007, 12:13 PM   #573
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Yup, it is based on Japanese technology, but from one of the article I read (from a Chinese website), it said that initially China got the trains from Japan with the speed of 200 km/h, then China works on the trains herself independently and make it into 300km/h
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Old December 31st, 2007, 05:20 PM   #574
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it's is red lights? looks like Transformers robot

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Old January 2nd, 2008, 05:50 AM   #575
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it looks really cool!
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 06:57 AM   #576
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it's is red ligh? looks like Transformers robot
It should be, red lights are used to mark the trailing ends of trains. When it is going in the other direction, those lights will be bright white.

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 04:28 PM   #578
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Controversial maglev line given environmental green light by Shanghai authorities


www.chinaview.cn 2008-01-03 19:12:26 Print

BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Controversy over the construction of the Shanghai-Hangzhou magnetic levitation train line looks likely to continue following the release of an environmental assessment report on Wednesday, which says the rail link will have minimal impact on the local environment.

The report, compiled by the Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences, focuses on the 31.8-km Shanghai section of the train line connecting Longyang Road with Hongqiao, home to the city's second international airport.

Xinhua reported in May last year that the project had been suspended due to fierce opposition from people living near the railway over radiation fears, particularly as the track would be separated from communities along the route by a greenbelt measuring only 22.5 meters wide.

Less than a week later, the Shanghai government denied the suspension and the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) announced it would carry out an assessment.

The new report, published on the municipal government's Shanghai Environment Online website, says the greenbelt buffer zone will remain 22.5 meters wide even though a blueprint designed by the local government shows a protection belt 150 meters wide on either side. German specifications require a 300-meter leeway on both sides of the track.

However, the maximum speed along the Shanghai section of the route will be limited to 200 km per hour, less than half of the 450 km per hour planned for the remainder of the railway to Hangzhou.

The maglev line will not affect water and air quality, and noise pollution can be controlled, the report says.

"From an environmental protection perspective, the constructionof the line is feasible," it concludes.

It also claims the project can be completed in time for the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010 despite Wang Qingyun, a transport official with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), saying last May, "It's still hard to say whether the maglev will be built, but if it is it won't be possible to complete it before 2010."

The Shanghai authorities say the report is now open for citizens to comment on until January 15 before it is passed to SEPA and the NDRC.

The 35-billion-yuan (4.5 billion US dollars) Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev project using German technology, is designed to cover the 175 kilometers between Shanghai and Hangzhou.

If completed, it will be the world's second commercial high-speed maglev track. Shanghai operates the world's only commercial maglev system on a 30-kilometer stretch between Shanghai's business district and Pudong airport.
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the valeros run 350 kmh in Spain and 320 kmh on the TGV-Est route from Paris to Stuttgart, so I wonder why they run "only" 300 in China.

Maybe they will be able to rise the speed to 350 over the time.....

Nice train, and good for china. With its high-speed rail programm, China is already now lightyears ahead of the US, and most other countries in the world....
Please notice that for running at 350km/h instead of 300 km/h, it needs 60% more energy for the same train!!!
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Old January 5th, 2008, 08:47 PM   #580
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Just found this Dicovery feature about the Qinghai-Xizang Railway on the internet. It takes ages to load but very insightful and well made.

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_co00XMTMyMzI4NDg=.html
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