China buys 258 new bullet trains

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China is rapidly expanding its bullet train network (photo by M. Choco)
China is rapidly expanding its bullet train network (photo by M. Choco)

China’s state-run railways operator has placed an order with two domestic companies for 258 new high-speed trains, worth more than US$7 billion.

According to a Bloomberg report, the order was divided between two Chinese trainmakers, with CSR Corp taking orders for 161 bullet trains, including 83 ultra-high-speed models that can travel at speeds of up to 350kph. China CNR received the remaining 97 orders.

The purchase is reported to be second large order placed this year by China Railway, as it looks to expand the country’s high-speed rail network.

Services recently commenced on a new high-speed line connecting Tianjin with Qinhuangdao, in Hebei province, while trials have also started on the high-speed line linking Xiamen in Fujian province and Shenzhen in Guangdong province.

China’s bullet train network is also expanding west, with a new line launching between Lanzhou and Urumqi, the capitals of Gansu and Xinjiang.
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