Rail/Highspeed Trains Part 3

Chinese Train Maker to Develop 400kph Track-Changing Locomotives


  • China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation Limited (CRRC), China’s rail car manufacturer, is devoted to researching and developing locomotives that can travel at speeds of up to 400 kilometers per hour and also change tracks to better facilitate rail transportation between regions that utilize different track types, the company revealed on May 8.


China to connect regions with 400kph bullet trains by 2020

4 May, 2017

  • Beijing is developing a new generation of trains capable of reaching 400 kilometers per hour, China Daily reported. The high-speed trains will be part of the so-called Belt and Road Initiative to boost economic ties with other countries. “We will apply new materials in the research and production of the future high-speed trains, such as carbon fiber and aluminum alloy, which will help to reduce weight and enhance energy efficiency,” said Qiao Feng, a senior engineer at the CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, a subsidiary of China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation.


Chinese company building new MBTA trains keeps on rolling

March 24, 2017

  • The MBTA isn’t the only transit agency whose new trains will be made in Massachusetts. Officials with Philadelphia’s transit system this week awarded a $137.5 million contract for 45 new commuter rail trains to China Railroad Rolling Stock Corp., the Chinese government-owned rail firm that is building new subway trains for the T at a Springfield factory.


First rail freight service to China departs UK

10 April 2017

  • The first rail freight service from the UK to China has departed on its 17-day, 7,500-mile journey. British goods including soft drinks, vitamins and baby products are in the 30 containers carried by the train, which will be a regular service. The DP World locomotive left its terminal in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, for Zhejiang province, eastern China.


Contract on building high-speed train project signed in Indonesia


  • A consortium of Chinese and Indonesian firms on Tuesday signed a contract with KCIC, a firm tasked with monitoring the high-speed train project linking Jakarta to Bandung, unveiling the construction phase of the project. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract was signed in the premises of Indonesia’s state-run construction firm Wijaya Karya (Wika) here on Tuesday afternoon.


High-speed diplomacy: Exporting China’s train technology

March 21, 2017

  • China and Thailand came to an agreement five months ago on a planned high-speed railway project, the first phase of which costs US$5 billion, and that is only the beginning for the 873-kilometer rail line that will link the Chinese border with Laos and ports on Thailand’s coast. The project epitomizes China’s efforts in recent years to export its high-speed rail to the world. In Turkey, China helped link the capital Ankara with the country’s largest city, Istanbul. In Indonesia, the construction on the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway line will begin this year. Also, China has announced it will build a high-speed railway to connect Singapore and the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.


Domestic rail in China to grow by 30,000 km before 2020


  • China’s domestic railway system is expected to grow by 30,000 kilometres before 2020 and one-third will consist of high-speed rail, according to the country’s Ministry of Transport. Speaking at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on Monday, Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng added the road network will be expanded by 320,000 kilometres during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020).


China counting on high speed rail to drive domestic tourism to about 10% of GDP

February 18, 2017

  • Faster trains with efficient services can expand and improve the Chinese tourism industry, which saw a year-on-year growth of 15.9 percent, totaling 423.3 billion yuan ($61.78 billion) during the recently ended Spring Festival holiday week. Plus, the high-speed railway has opened up hitherto remote places to tourists, expanding business opportunities. In 2016, the domestic tourism sector’s revenue reached 3.9 trillion yuan, equivalent to more than 5 percent of the country’s GDP. And in South China’s Guangdong province, the tourism revenue was equivalent to nearly 15 percent of the provincial GDP.


China to Supply Next-Generation Bullet Trains for Moscow-Kazan Line by 2020

Feb 09, 2017

  • China is expected to supply next-generation bullet trains for Russia’s Moscow-Kazan line by 2020. These trains are capable of traveling at 400 km per hour and could enhance China as the world’s leader in high-speed rail products and services. The line will run through seven Russian regions with a total population of more than 25 million. It is approximately 770 km long and it will use regular high-speed trains rather than magnetic levitation trains.


China sees faster trains ahead

February 7, 2017

  • China is expected to supply next-generation bullet trains capable of traveling at 400 km per hour for Russia’s Moscow-Kazan line by 2020, which could enhance the country’s position as the world’s leader in high-speed rail products and services, said an expert working on the project. The line is expected to be about 770 kilometers long and will run through seven Russian regions with a total population of more than 25 million. It will use regular high-speed trains rather than magnetic levitation trains.


China opens ‘most beautiful’ high-speed railway


  • Rail passengers in Shanghai from Thursday will be able to travel to the beautiful southwestern province of Yunnan in just 11 hours, as China opens its latest high-speed railway connecting the eastern metropolis with Yunnan’s capital, Kunming. From Jan 5, three China Railway High-speed (CRH) trains will depart daily from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station each morning, reaching Kunming the same evening.


Serbia signs railway upgrades deal with China’s CCECC

Jan 06, 2017

  • Serbian state-run railway infrastructure operator Infrastruktura Zeleznice Srbije said it signed a 23.8 million euro ($25.2 million) contract for the reconstruction of a railway line with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).


China launches freight-train line to London as part of bid to increase trade ties with Europe

January 3, 2017

  • China started a freight train to London as part of President Xi Jinping’s efforts to strengthen trade ties with Europe, according to state-owned China Railway Corp. The train departed Yiwu in eastern Zhejiang province on Jan. 1 and will cover more than 12,000 kilometers in about 18 days before reaching the British city, China Railway Corp. said in a statement on its website on Monday. The freighter, carrying garments, bags and suitcases among other items, will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France. Xinhua reported the service earlier.


China Turns to $503 Billion Rail Expansion to Boost Growth

December 28, 2016

  • China plans to spend 3.5 trillion yuan ($503 billion) to expand its railway system by 2020 as it turns to investments in infrastructure to bolster growth and improve connectivity across the country. The high-speed rail network will span more than 30,000 kilometers (18,650 miles) under the proposal, according to details released at a State Council Information Office briefing in Beijing Thursday. The distance, about 6.5 times the length of a road trip between New York and Los Angeles, will cover 80 percent of major cities in China.