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China rolls out a more powerful locomotive

(Xinhua)

14:27, March 08, 2012

CHANGSHA, March 8 (Xinhua) -- A locomotive producer in Hunan Province said Thursday it has rolled out the first electric locomotive with a hauling capacity of 3,000 passengers, more powerful than ones currently operating which are designed to haul a maximum of 2,000 passengers.

Suo Jianguo, chief engineer of Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. Ltd. of China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation (CSR), said the current-transmission locomotive has a maximum power of 7,200 kilowatts and an operating speed of 160 km per hour.

He said the locomotive has computer-controlled operations, braking, fire extinguishers, power supply and alert systems. It is designed to cope with increasing passenger demand on China's high-speed railways.

"This large-power locomotive will become a main force for high-speed trains in China," said Suo.

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