Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
by Staff Writers
Harbin, China (UPI) Oct 8, 2012
China says it completed a test run of the world's first alpine high-speed rail line running through the country's three northeastern provinces.
A test train departed from the capital of Heilongjiang Province Monday morning for Dalian, a port city in Liaoning Province, making the 570-mile journey in about four hours at an average speed of 186 mph, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Trains will be able to run at an average of 217 mph after safety tests are conducted, engineers said.
The heavily-populated northeastern provinces are China's key industrial base. The high-speed rail line is intended to ease the transportation bottleneck in the region.
The line's originating station in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, has 10 platforms and can handle 7,000 passengers per hour in peak periods, Xinhua reported.
The rail line, which will have 24 stations, is expected to begin full operations by the end of the year.
Great Train Journey's of the 21st Century
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|