China builds Bullet Freight Train with a speed over 350 kmph

A bullet freight train with a maximum operational speed of 350 km per hour is delivered by CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd. in Tangshan, North China’s Hebei Province on Dec. 23, 2020.

The state-owned rolling stock manufacturer launched the new technology in Hebei province’s Tangshan today. As reported by Xinhua News, it is the first freight train in the world to reach the 350 km/h speed threshold, according to the company.

It took more than three years for the Beijing-based firm’s Tangshan unit and its partners to develop the super-fast technology. The carriages will be used in freight transport with a range from 600 kilometres to 1,500 km.

The train is equipped with 2.9-meter-wide loading doors to ensure speedy loading and unloading. The coaches can carry at least 110 tons or over 800 cubic meters of cargo. The related utilization rate is 85 percent.

The shape of the locomotive resembles a Chinese sturgeon, a design that has greatly reduced running resistance.

During design and construction, big data, cloud technologies and genetic algorithms were applied to realize the smart distribution of the loads, according to the company.

China with the debut of its fastest freight train has broken its previous record of high-speed trains. According to the 2019 data presented by World Economic Forum, the world’s speediest trains cover the 1,021 km between China’s capital city and Nanjing further south at an average of 317.7 km/h, completing the journey in just 3 hours and 13 minutes.

The second position is held by Italy, while France bags the third place with an average speed of 271.8 km/h, just 0.5 km/h slower than the latter.

According to the World Economic Forum, the average speed of scheduled services that were operational between May-June 2019 was more than 160kmph between different end stations – excluding one-off or weekend services.

In the quest for the high-speed trains, India is also working on improving its efficiency both in passenger and freight trains.

At present, the average speed of freight train in India 42 kmph. Earlier this month, Indian railways operated its freight rail running at a speed of 100 km per hour on Eastern DFC’s Bhaupur – Khurja section.

Moving forward, the nation expects its heavy freight trains to haul 6,000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 kmph as Railways gives nod to Alstom e-locos.

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