China develops next generation high-speed train for Russia

Jun 07, 2016 12:00 AM

China is developing a next generation high-speed train, for Russia's Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway. The trains will be capable of reaching speeds of 400 kilometers per hour, according to newspaper China Daily.

According to Russian Railways, Beijing is ready to provide a $6 billion loan for the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail. The overall cost of the project is expected to exceed $15 billion. The track is a joint project of Moscow and Beijing.

The head of the Chinese innovation program for design of the high-speed train, Jia Limin, said that the new train will be created during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).

They will have wheel sets, which can be tailored to the track in other countries, hence making them functional in China as well as abroad.

“The train… will have wheels that can be adjusted to fit various gauges on other countries' tracks, compared with trains now that need to have their wheels changed before entering foreign systems,” Limin told the media.

The new track will stretch through seven regions of Russia for a total of 770 kilometers. It will have fifteen stops, including Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary and Kazan.

The journey from Moscow to Kazan takes 12 hours at present but it will be reduced to just 3.5 hours after the project kicks in.

“Once the new bullet train is put into service, it will operate on China's rail network as well as on the Moscow-Kazan high-speed line in Russia, which is designed for 400 km/h trains,” Limin added.

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