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September 28, 2009

China's MoR places $US 4 billion HS train order

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CHINA'S Ministry of Railways (MOR) has selected a Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) joint venture to supply 80 Zefiro 380 high-speed trains in a deal worth an estimated Yuan 27.4 billion ($US 4 billion). The contract covers the supply of 20 eight-car, and 60 16-car trains and the 1120 vehicles will be delivered between 2012 and 2014. Bombardier's share of the deal is worth around Yuan 13.5 billion.
The 215m-long eight-car train seats 664 passengers, while the 428m-long 16-car variant accommodates 1336.
The 380km/h trains will be assembled at Sifang's plant in Qingdao, which is currently manufacturing a fleet of 20 16-car 250km/h Zefiro sleeper trains for MOR, and 20 similar trains with conventional seating.
China is investing massively in what will soon be the world's largest high-speed network, with 13,000km of passenger-dedicated lines (PDLs) due to open by 2012 and a further 3000km by 2020. At the core of this network is the Beijing - Shanghai Line, which has been designed for 350km/h operation and will halve journey times between the two cities to 5 hours when it opens in 2012. MOR expects to have a fleet of 800 high-speed trains in service by 2012.

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