High-Speed Trains

China Digest, February 4, 2013

A member of the Miyun county People's Political Consultative Conference has been stripped of his membership because of a recent scuffle he had at a local hotel, The Beijing News reports. 

Monday, 4 February, 2013, 5:09am

Tests of trains that will do Beijing to Shenzhen in 9 hours

The first test runs on a high-speed railway that will reduce train trips between Shenzhen and Beijing from 24 hours to nine could begin next month.

Trials began on the final section between the capital and Shijiazhuang , Hebei province, in mid- September.

27 Dec 2012 - 8:45am 3 comments

Train makers set sights on 38.4b yuan tenders

Mainland train makers are on track for a boost as the government may soon issue tenders for new high-speed trains. Photo: Reuters

The mainland may issue at least 38.4 billion yuan (HK$47.6 billion) worth of high-speed train tenders within the next two months, ending a more than a year-long hiatus following a fatal crash.

The government will probably seek bids for between 300 and 400 train sets, according to Citigroup analyst Paul Gong, who met people at the nation's two major train makers.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:59am

China Digest, September 24, 2012


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24 Sep 2012 - 3:06am

A year after Wenzhou, top speeds go back up

Top speeds on the mainland's high-speed rail network, cut in the wake of a fatal crash a year ago, are set to be increased by 20km/h - a move that has divided academics.

The crash on July 23 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, which killed 40 people and injured 172 others, forced the government to lower the top speed of high-speed trains from 350km/h to 300km/h.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Super-fast trains on drawing board

Mainland authorities have revealed plans to develop a 'super-high-speed train' that can reach speeds of 500km/h or more.

Rail experts were surprised by the news, with some calling the plan 'ridiculous'.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

China rides fast track to record

China has more people riding high-speed rail services than in France and is fast snapping at the heels of Japan's Shinkansen, the world's oldest and busiest high-speed rail service.

'China will soon be world No1 in high-speed-train ridership,' said David Shipley, managing director of CSRE, a British firm that markets Chinese trains in Europe.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

China's rail colossus 'one of a kind'

China has built the world's biggest rail network in modern history - and done so in the quickest time - but its construction model is unlikely to be adopted elsewhere because of the huge concentration of power in the country's Ministry of Railways, a World Bank report says.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

High-speed test train capable of reaching 500km/h

An experimental train capable of travelling at 500km/h was unveiled in Qingdao at the weekend despite widespread concern over the safety of the nation's existing high-speed rail network.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Shake but not broken

It began far out at sea, in a little-watched segment of a fault off Sendai, Japan. It reached land first as sound, the bass drum roll of heaven, amped up so that hundreds of miles away the sound blotted everything else out, pushed against ribs, even before the earth beneath began to shake.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Modified bullet trains expected back on tracks

The 54 bullet trains taken out of service following the deadly Wenzhou high-speed-rail crash in the summer are to resume operations on the Beijing-to-Shanghai line after receiving 'modifications', state media reported yesterday.

The trains, made by China CNR Corporation, were withdrawn in August, less than three weeks after the collision that claimed at least 40 lives.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bombardier upbeat on train orders

Canadian firm Bombardier Transportation expects to win more train orders in China, despite a sharp fall in the value of railway contracts awarded on the mainland this year.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

China's rail exports 'hinge on probe'

An open, thorough and independent investigation of China's fatal high-speed train accident, able to withstand close international scrutiny, is the only way to restore confidence in the country's rail system following the July 23 accident, analysts say.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Slow down for the sake of people's safety

It took Japan more than 30 years of planning before the first Shinkansen 'bullet train' went into service in 1964. Its trains initially travelled at speeds of up to 210 km/h. It was only this year that speeds of 300 km/h became possible.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Deadly accident exposes government fault lines

The fatal train crash in Wenzhou last month has exposed divisions in the central government over the mainland's costly and controversial development of high-speed rail, analysts say.

But the collision of two high-speed trains, which killed 40 people and injured nearly 200, has also been a chance for Beijing to clip the wings of a transport behemoth.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am