China builds new high-speed rail prototype

Image copyright Chinese Railways Corp Image caption A 130-metre long prototype of the train called “Chongqing Express” made its debut in Chongqing city A new prototype has been built of the China’s high-speed railway…

China builds new high-speed rail prototype

Image copyright Chinese Railways Corp Image caption A 130-metre long prototype of the train called “Chongqing Express” made its debut in Chongqing city

A new prototype has been built of the China’s high-speed railway system.

The 620 km/h (400 mph) model has been designed for using in the North-South Line, a new high-speed rail line, designed to be installed by 2023.

The track is a major part of the massive construction programme China is undertaking to cope with urbanisation and industrialisation.

The large-scale project is a part of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious urbanisation and industrialisation drive.

A 400-metre long prototype of the train called “Chongqing Express” made its debut in Chongqing city, capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan.

The standard gauge makes it less expensive than the regular cargo train version.

The special trains use interlocking, which is not used in standard gauge trains.

Image copyright AP Image caption The massive construction programme China is undertaking to cope with urbanisation and industrialisation is a part of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious urbanisation and industrialisation drive

Image copyright AP Image caption The new prototype could be used on the network of China’s high-speed railway system, which plans to operate at an average speed of 220km/h (137mph) on the South-North Corridor

Image copyright AP Image caption Beijing is earmarking $10.3 billion to build the 6,265km (4,336 miles) project

Designed by the China Railway Corporation in the central city of Changsha, the prototype will be tested on the Chongqing line, then could be used on the network of China’s high-speed railway system, which plans to operate at an average speed of 220km/h (137mph) on the South-North Corridor.

Beijing is earmarking $10.3 billion to build the 6,265km (4,336 miles) project, which will run from north to south across China’s key western and central regions.

Funding for the project comes from China’s 12th five-year plan, which runs from 2016 to 2020.

Image copyright AFP Image caption An artist’s impression of China’s high-speed railway network, which plans to operate at an average speed of 220km/h (137mph) on the South-North Corridor

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