[photopress:xintrain_to_Germany_1.jpg,full,alignright]Amazing. The first transcontinental container train running between north China to Germany has begun formal operation after a 20-month test run.
The train, which can carry 100 (international standard containers, will travel 9,814 km over 15 days through six countries from Hohhot, capital of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to Frankfurt in Germany.
Yang Junjie, an official with the Hohhot Railway Bureau said the train, named Ruyi, which means ‘complying with one’s wishes’ in Chinese, ran the route 13 times since tests began in March last year. Ruyi takes 14.5 days to run from Hohhot to Duisburg in Germany, while a container ship takes at least 40 days.
Launched by companies in China’s Inner Mongolia, Mongolia, the Republic of Belarus, Russia and Germany, the transnational train will take coke to Duisburg, andalusite to Slovakia and home appliances to the Czech Republic and Romania. It will bring back raw materials for electronic products and home appliances.
With an annual freight capacity of 2,500 containers, or 50,000 tons, the train will operate twice a month.
There are many, many people — this writer being one of them — who would pay handsomely to travel on such an epic journey. Where do I sign up?
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