February 21, 2011

Trials start on Beijing - Shanghai HSL

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TEST operation began yesterday on the southern half of the 1319km Beijing - Shanghai high-speed line, according reports from China's government press agency Xinhua.

Initial tests are focussing on the Zaozhuang - Xhuzou - Bengbu section, but will gradually expand in the coming weeks to cover the 645km stretch from Zaozuhang to Hongqiao. Testing is expected to begin on the northern section next month.

The line is expected to open on June 20, reducing the journey time between the two cities from 10 hours to less than four hours.
 
beijing-shanghai.jpgPhoto: CRH380A high-speed trains are likely to be deployed on the Beijing-Shanghai line when commercial services start in June. Forty of the trains supplied by CSR Qingdao Sifang are already in service on the  Shanghai - Hangzhou, Shanghai - Nanjing and Wuhan - Guangzhou high-speed lines. 

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