China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend which is capable of covering the distance of 500 kilometers in an hour, state media said on Monday. China is making rapid progress in railway sector despite the severe repercussions of super faster trains’ collision.
The prototype train is made by a subsidiary of CSR Corp Ltd, China’s largest train maker and looks like an ancient Chinese sword, the official Xinhua news agency reported. It is not announced yet when will this train be available for public use.
It “will provide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations,” said a train expert Shen Zhiyun.
But future Chinese trains will not necessarily run at such high speeds, CSR chairman Zhao Xiaogang told the Beijing Morning News.
“We aim to ensure the safety of trains operation,” he said.
Earlier China’s bullet trains used to run at the speed of 300km/hr, but their speeds were lowered after the July accident.
China’s railway industry has been passing through a critical time for one year. In July, two high-speed trains fatal crash killed at least 40 people. Liu Zhijun, a key figure minister behind the boom in the railway sector, was dismissed in July over corruption charges.
China’s rail system is the world’s high-speed rail system which was built in less than a decade.