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China launches super-speed test train
Updated: 2011-12-26 15:40 (Xinhua)
QINGDAO - China's largest rail vehicle maker, CSR Corp. Ltd, over the weekend launched its firsttest train that features speeds reaching up to 500 km per hour.
The six-car, super-speed train, which can reach speeds up to 500 km per hour, parks at a test line inTsingdao on Dec 22, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]
The six-car train with a fairshaped head is the newest in the CRH series. It has a maximum tractivepower of 22,800 kilowatts, compared with 9,600 kilowatts for the CRH380 trains currently inservice on the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway, which hold the world speed record of 300 kmper hour.
The grey-color train carrying testing and data processing facilities was designed and produced byCSR Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co, Ltd (Sifang Locomotive), a CSR subsidiary based inthe coastal city of Qingdao in eastern Shandong province.
Ding Sansan, the company's chief technician, said the concept of the the super-speed train designwas inspired by China's ancient sword. The bodywork uses plastic materials reinforced with carbonfiber.
Shen Zhiyun, a locomotive expert and academician with both the Chinese academies of sciencesand engineering, said the testing of the super-speed train with speeds of up to 500 km per hour willprovide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations.