China tests 500 km/h super high speed train

News Bharati    30-Dec-2011

China tests 500 km/h super high speed trainBeijing, December 30:
China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend which is capable of travelling 500 kilometers per hour, state media said. It is reported by news agency.

The train, made by a subsidiary of CSR Corp Ltd, China’s largest train maker, is designed to resemble an ancient Chinese sword, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

“It will provide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations,” said expert Shen Zhiyun.

But future Chinese trains will not necessarily run at such high speeds, CSR chairman Zhao Xiaogang told the Beijing Morning News.

“We aim to ensure the safety of trains operation,” he said.

China’s railway industry has had a tough year, highlighted by a collision between two high-speed trains in July which killed at least 40 people. Construction of new high-speed trains in China has since been a near halt.