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China to put new high-speed trains into operation ahead of China’s Spring Festival

Updated: Dec 24,2018 7:54 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China unveiled several new Fuxing high-speed trains at an exhibition held in Beijing on Dec 24.

The trains on display included a 17-carriage train with a designed speed of 350 km per hour, a train with a centralized power system that runs 160-km-per-hour, and an eight-carriage train with a designed speed of 250 km per hour.

The first two trains will be put into service on Jan 5 before the country enters the annual Spring Festival travel rush which is expected to last from Jan 21 to March 1 in 2019.

Measuring 439.9 meters long and with a seating capacity of 1,283 people, the 17-carriage train is one carriage longer than the trains currently in use and can be used with existing stations, platforms, and other high-speed railway facilities.

The high-speed train with a speed of 160-km-per-hour can be used on all electrified railways for regular express trains and can make full use of existing maintenance resources.

Compared with traditional locomotives, it is easier to steer, safer, and much more comfortable, according to an on-site introduction.

The exhibition was held by China Railway Corporation at the China National Railway Track Test Center where a number of advanced and domestically-developed railway technical equipment were on display.