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New train bears down on cold challenge

By Zhao Lei (China Daily)

09:24, December 03, 2012

Passengers imitate the hand signals of flight deck crew of aircraft carrier beside a high-speed train at the Harbin West Railway Station in Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Dec 1, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

With temperatures below freezing and snow falling the length of the route, China's first high-speed rail line that runs a long distance through regions with extremely low temperatures started service on Saturday.

The 921-kilometer line links Harbin, capital of China's northernmost province of Heilongjiang, and the port city of Dalian in Liaoning province. The high-tech train, designed to withstand temperatures ranging from minus 40 up to 40 C, marks a new milestone in the country's effort to build the largest high-speed railway network in the world.

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