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China to export first light rail train to Europe

By Liang Zhanye (People's Daily Online)

14:45, August 11, 2011

On Aug.10, the first high-tech light rail train produced for export to Europe came off the line, marking a significant achievement for CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd.

Cracking the European market, which has the world's highest standards for rail transit, is extremely difficult, said Xu Zongxiang, the general manager of CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd.

"[It] signifies that our innovation capability of equipment and technology in rail transit has been approved by the world class market," Xu said.

The train is destined for Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey, which has light rail that goes through crowded areas with many sharp curves. The pathways are only 30 meters in radius and have abrupt slopes, so the safety and comfort of the train are a major concern.

"Its rail transit market has been monopolized by international enterprises from Europe, the United States, Japan and Korea for a long time."

The breakthroughs made by CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd. benefited from the individualized system design and the mature solutions approved by IRIS of the International Union of Railways.

It has been said that the train’s maximum velocity is 80 kilometers per hour, and every single train has its individual operation mobility so that they can be organized into different groups on the basis of the number of passengers in the morning and evening.

The articulated bogie can help the train freely swing and smoothly turn. When running down steep hills, the attraction between the track and the magnet assembly near the wheels can make an immediately brake. Designs like these greatly increase the comfort and safety. According to the professional test, indexes, including derailment coefficients, are two levels higher than other trains of a similar type.

In regard to quality, there are more than 10,000 parts approved by European standards along with the materials complying with the world’s highest BS6853 environmental protection standard. Before the train left the factory, its durability and doors were tested 5,000 times and 1,000 times, respectively, as well as 12,400 cables that were examined one by one. Nuoka, the supervision engineer dispatched from Turkey, is satisfied with the whole quality and every single link in the production chain as a witness of the whole production process.

It is said that 30 trains of this type will come into service in Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey, successively over the next two years. Fu Jianguo, the vice president of CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Cp., Ltd. announced that the company should regard the light rail project in Turkey as a stepping-stone to success and strive to create an internationalized CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd.

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