[photopress:highs_eedtrain.jpg,full,alignright]The Ministry of Railways said China will raise permissible train speeds in April next year. It will use domestically-produced high-speed trains that can run at speeds of 200 kilometers per hour.
Ministry spokesperson Wang Yong, said, ‘A batch of made-in-China locomotives that can run at 200 kilometers per hour or even faster will be put into use. China has taken another stride in modernizing its railway equipment technology.’
The ministry has raised authorized train speeds in China five times since 1997. The fastest Chinese passenger trains now run at 160 kilometers per hour which is nearly three times as fast as they went before 1997.
Ministry spokesperson Wang Yong, said the ministry has completed the tests of new locomotives to be used when train travel speeds are raised for the sixth time. The tests cover locomotive operation, rail track reinforcement, electricity supply, telecommunications control systems and transport network organization.
The tests have been carried out on some of the busiest railway lines in China, including Beijing-Shanghai, Shanghai-Hangzhou and Beijing-Guangzhou.