China orders 100 more high-speed trains

Siemens and Chinese partners are to supply another 100 trains for China, including the world's longest high-speed train.

The companies involved are Tangshan Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd. (TC), Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd. (CRC), the Chinese Academy of Railways (CARS) and Siemens.

Hans-Jörg Grundmann, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, said: “This order is especially gratifying to us because together we will be supplying the first vehicles for the Beijing-Shanghai route, the most important high speed line in the country.”

With a total length of 400 metres, China will get the world’s longest single train in use in the area of high speed transportation.

Seventy of the trains will be built in Tangshan, China, and 30 of them at CRC in Changchun, China. The Siemens share of the contract includes the supply of components such as electrical equipment and bogies to TC and CRC, and is valued at around 750 million euros. It will make the parts in Germany, Austria and three sites in China. The first train is scheduled to be put into service at the end of 2010.

The new train models will be a development of the CRH-3, which is already operating successfully in China and is based on the Siemens Velaro. A train unit will have a total of 16 cars and accommodate approximately 1,060 passengers. The total length of 400 metres means that the new model will be the world’s longest high-speed train. With a voltage of 25kV and a traction rating of 18.4MW, it will be able to achieve an operating speed of 350km/h. The train will complete the 1,318 km run between Beijing and Shanghai in four hours.

Four years ago the Chinese Ministry of Railways ordered 60 CRH-3 trains from Siemens and TC. Eleven of these trains have been in service between Beijing and Tianjin since the 2008 Olympic Games with a claimed punctuality rating of over 99 per cent.

The Ministry is planning to procure around 1,000 high speed trains within the next few years, most of which will be capable of operating at over 300km/h. The current order includes the first trains for the new high speed line between Beijing and Shanghai. The Wuhan-Guangzhou and Wuhan-Shijazhuang lines will follow. These routes will be dedicated solely to high-speed passenger service. Altogether, the network of these lines will cover approximately 16,000 km by 2020.

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