China demonstrates a two-tier "intercontinental" train for the Beijing-Berlin line
CRRC, the Chinese state-owned railway engineering corporation, announced that it is working on an “intercontinental” high-speed, two-tier train, the top one for passengers, the bottom one for cargo.
In September, the company presented a model at the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin.
The idea is to make the train look more like an airplane, where the cargo hold is used to transport baggage, high-value goods and express parcels. According to CRRC, the train is suitable for operation in harsh climatic conditions and is compatible with transport systems in different countries. A promising goal is the creation of trains that could be operated on continental-scale networks, like the one proposed for Central Asia, Iran and Europe.
Railway Gazette reports that five “Intercon” prototypes are already running in China. CRRC expects to begin full-scale production before the end of this year and it is expected that the 250 km / h version will be launched in 2017.
The CRRC also demonstrated the development of a “smart window” that allows passengers to access information through a touchscreen display.
In September, the construction of the line connecting Zhengzhou in central China and Xuzhou north of Shanghai was completed, after which the total length of high-speed network routes within the country reached 20,000 km.
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Huang Xing from China Railway Corporation told Xinhua that the installation of the first 10,000 km of the system took 11 years, the next three years the length of the routes doubled, by 2025 it should double again, and by 2030 reach 45,000 km.
At the InnoTrans conference, the Chinese Railway Group (China Railway group) explained that in practice this doubling would result in the appearance of eight corridors from north to south and take routes from east to west.