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December 08, 2010

China to attempt new world speed record

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IRJ at 7th UIC High Speed Congress, Beijing: China will next year attempt to break the world rail speed record currently held by France, according to a report in the China Daily.

The attempt will be made using an experimental train being built by CSR. A CHR380A train, also CSR-built, set a new Chinese record of 486.1km/h on December 3. This is the highest speed ever attained by an unmodified production train.

The current record of 574.8km/h was set by the V150 test train on TGV Est on April 4 2007, smashing the previous record of 515.3km/h, which was also achieved in France 17 years earlier. If successful China will become the first Asian country to hold the title since Japan lost the record to France in 1981.

The production version of the CRH380, the CRH380B, train reached 357km/h on December 5 during test running on the completed section of the Beijing - Shanghai high-speed line. The first 11 production trains are due to roll out of CNR's Tangshan plant later this month.

CNR is supplying a fleet of 70 16-car trains. CRH380B has a design speed of 400km/h, an operating speed of 350km/h, and a maximum output of 18.4MW with half the cars powered.

The train has a new interior design and four classes: sightseeing, grand, first and second, plus a dining car. Each train seats 1026 passengers.

CRH380B has improved aerodynamics by enclosing the inter-car bellows with rubber pieces and enclosing the bogies more than on CRH3.

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