Beijing-Shanghai hi-speed rail malfunctions in first 10 days

13:19, July 11, 2011      

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After running for only 10 days, the Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway has encountered its first operational malfunction as a result of outage.

According to the official Weibo of "Beijing Railway," a breakdown occurred at 6 p. m. on July 10 at the contact network of the Qufu-Tengzhou-Zaozhuang rail line section due to stormy weather, which prevented 19 trains from arriving on time. The railway department responded immediately to the accident and took a series of emergency measures. The operation of the high-speed rail returned to normal at 7:37 p.m.

Acknowledged by multiple news sources, it was the bad weather that shut down the electricity supply. During the 2 hours of detention, the carriage inside was "sweltering" and in "complete darkness," as described by some passengers on their Weibo site, for there is no air-conditioner available and the carriage is totally airproof.

“Weather problems might sound plausible for an airplane, but it is hardly convincing when it comes to a train,” said one Weibo user.

Previously, the Ministry of Railways said the Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway is the "world's safest high speed rail" and it invested a total of more than 220 billion yuan. It was officially launched on June 30.

By People's Daily Online
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