Ministry of Railways discloses details of Sino-German high-speed train order

Recently, a relevant official with the Ministry of Railways disclosed details of a 60 high-speed-train deal signed last weekend between China and Germany. It is learned that there are mainly two considerations for the purchase, according to the International Finance News on November 24.

Firstly, the introduction of the advanced and mature high-speed technology will accelerate the modernization process of railway equipment and manufacturing industry in the country and create China's own brand of railway motor train units.

Secondly, the trains will meet the demand for traveling at a speed of 300 kilometers per hour for special passenger rail lines. It is planned that the homemade train at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour will roll off assembly lines and go into operation in 2006.

The purchase contract and technical transfer agreement signed on November 21 are reportedly more concrete contract and accord. Chinese President Hu Jintao and German President Horst Koehler attended the signing ceremony of the contract on November 10 during President Hu Jintao's visit to Germany. Prior to this, Chinese Railway Minister Liu Zhijun and Siemens President and Chief Executive Klaus Kleinfeld had already signed the related buying contract and transfer agreement.

According to the official, of the 60 trains, three will be turned out by Siemens in Germany and the remaining 57 will be completely manufactured by the CNR Tangshan Locomotive & Rolling Stock Works at home. The delivery will be from early 2008 to December 2009.

Each of the motor train unit will be composed of eight cars and carries 601 travelers. They run at a speed of 300 kilometers per hour. The locomotive's towing power will be more than 8,800 kilowatts with less than 17 tons of axle weight in total.

The purchase and transfer will be in line with the ˇ°Medium- and Long-Term Railway Network Programˇ± approved by the State Council in January 2004. According to the program, a 12,000 kilometer four-vertical and four-horizontal transportation network for high-speed passenger trains will be built linking provincial capitals as well as between big and medium cities. The speed is expect to reach more than 200 kilometers per hour.

By People's Daily Online

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