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China to open world's longest high-speed rail line

Last updated on: December 17, 2012 08:29 IST
A worker cleans a CRH380B high-speed Harmony bullet train as it stops for an examination during a test run, at a bullet train exam and repair center in Shenyang, Liaoning province.

China is set to open a 2,298-km high-speed railway line, the world's longest, in about two weeks, linking the capital city with the country's trading hub of Guangzhou.

According to the Ministry of Railways (MOR), the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway will open on December 26, the birth anniversary of late Chairman Mao Zedong.

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China to open world's longest high-speed rail line

Last updated on: December 17, 2012 08:29 IST
Labourers place steel reinforcement bars atop an unfinished steel box girder for a high-speed railway viaduct in Hefei, Anhui province.

China already operates a high-speed rail between Beijing and Shanghai covering about 1,300 km in about five hours.

Running at an average speed of 300 km per hour, the railway will cut travel time between the country's capital and the southern economic centre of Guangzhou to about 8 hours.

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China to open world's longest high-speed rail line

Last updated on: December 17, 2012 08:29 IST
A CRH (China Railway High-speed) Harmony bullet train pulls into Beijing South Railway Station.

Designed with a maximum speed of 350 km per hour, the railway has 35 stops in major cities, including Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan and Changsha.

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China to open world's longest high-speed rail line

Last updated on: December 17, 2012 08:29 IST
A new high-speed train arrives at the Beijing-South railway station.

The high-speed line is expected to increase the cargo transport capacity between Beijing and Wuhan by 20 million tonnes, according to the Railway Ministry.


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