Chinese rail tests reach 530kph
Rail engineers in China have tested brakes of new highspeed trains running at speeds of up to 530kph. Despite the fact that China’s high-speed rail network is limited to just 250kph, the simulated tests are being undertaken to test the durability of trains’ brake systems. “The speed is the fastest in the world, higher than a similar test procedure in Germany that allowed a maximum speed of around 400kph,” the China Daily reported Li Heping, a researcher with the China Academy of Railway Sciences, as saying. He added that the testing procedure could help both Chinese and international manufacturers with high-speed train production. China’s high-speed trains set several speed records in 2010, with a CRH380A bullet train reaching speeds in excess of 486kph. But less than a year later the country’s Railways Ministry reduced the top speeds of trains to just 250kph due to concerns over safety.
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