CRC to create slower 'Fuxing' bullet trains
New tenders have been opened for Chinese rail producers to create a slower series of "Fuxing" high-speed trains to meet the country's various transportation needs, reports thepaper.cn.
A 250km/h "Fuxing" China Standard EMU Technical Proposal Submission ceremony is held in Shanghai, October 25, 2017. [Photo: China Plus]
A meeting in Shanghai was held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 to open the technical submission process. Various Chinese companies, including the producer of the current 400km/h "Fuxing" design, CSR Qingdao Sifang, have submitted their plans, the China Railway Corporation has announced.
The China Railway Corporation (CRC) has opened the tender for designing a version of the "Fuxing" design which will run at a maximum speed of 250km/h.
The picture shows a "Fuxing" high speed train at Beijing South Railway Station, July 4, 2017. [File Photo: IC]
"There are around 22,000 kilometers of high-speed rail tracks currently running throughout China. However, only around half of the lines can accommodate speeds of 250km/h or less," said Zhang Bo, researcher with the China Academy of Railway Sciences.
Compared to the previous 250km/h CRH series, the "Fuxing" trains will be entirely designed and manufactured in China, with the CRC holding all intellectual property rights.
The CRC says the new "Fuxing" model provides passengers with a more intelligent and comfortable travel experience.
The slower versions of the "Fuxing" trains are scheduled to be put into operation sometime in 2018.