China Starts Testing Super Train
December 28, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
BEIJING, Dec. 27 (UPI) — China’s largest train manufacturer says it has begun testing a train capable of speeds of up to 310 miles per hour.
CSR Corp. Ltd. said it has tested the six-car train with a streamlined engine carrying testing and data processing facilities, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported Monday.
The newest of CSR’s CRH series, the train has a maximum tractive power of 22,800 kilowatts, compared with 9,600 kilowatts for the CRH380 trains currently in service on the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway, the company said.
The CRH380 currently holds the world speed record for trains of 186 mph.
An ancient Chinese sword inspired the streamlined shape of the new train, CSR chief technician Ding Sansan said.
The bodywork uses plastic materials reinforced with carbon fiber.