Countries willing to share their high-speed rail experience

Workers remove old tracks during a foundation stone laying ceremony for the Hungarian section of the Budapest-Belgrade railway in Kiskunhalas, Hungary on October 15. [Photo/Xinhua]

Technological advancements help China make rapid progress in the sector

China has accumulated vast experience in developing high-speed railways at home and is willing to share its know-how with the rest of the world, experts said.

The country began researching the construction of high-speed railways in the 1990s, when Japan had been operating its Shinkansen bullet trains for over 20 years.

In 2008, the first high-speed railway – operating at a speed of 350 kilometers per hour – opened in China, linking Beijing and Tianjin. The link marked the beginning of the country’s high-speed rail development.

Although a late start, China has forged ahead in the industry for more than 30 years, growing from follower to leader in global high-speed railway construction.

According to national railway operator China State Railway Group, the country now operates these railways at the highest speed and in the widest variety of operational scenarios. China has also developed the most comprehensive technologies and acquired the richest railway management experience in the world, according to the company.

With significant progress and major breakthroughs achieved in a short time, China ranks first in the world in terms of the scale of its high-speed rail network, both operational and under construction, the company added.

By the end of last year, China’s high-speed rail network stretched over 40,000 km, accounting for more than two-thirds of the total length of such networks worldwide.

The pace of construction of other such routes has not slowed down, and in the first half of this year, nearly 996 km of new high-speed lines were put into operation in China.

China State Railway Group said, “The nation has developed world-class high-speed railway technologies and leads the world in some areas. leader in these technologies.

Experience sharing

China is keen to share its experience and knowledge with other countries and regions. It participates in international projects such as the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Indonesia, the China-Laos railway and the Belgrade-Budapest railway, which connects Serbia and Hungary.

Eleven high-speed trains and one inspection train for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway left Shandong province on Aug. 21 for shipment to Indonesia. The trains were developed based on the advanced and mature technologies of China-made Fuxing high-speed trains, which operate at a speed of 350 km/h.

The train’s designer and developer, CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co, took local conditions and routes in Indonesia into account, incorporating elements of Indonesian culture to provide passengers with a more comfortable travel experience.

Zhang Fangtao, Senior Engineer at CRRC Qingdao Sifang, said, “For the local coastal weather, which is hot, humid and foggy, we used a high-level anti-corrosive design. grades, so we used a design to allow trains to accelerate faster and climb grades faster.”

Xia Jian, senior engineer at China Railway Design Corp, which led the design of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, said: “Passengers traveling between Jakarta and Bandung usually take the expressway or use an old railway more than 100 years old, which is less comfortable, the journey taking more than three hours. After the opening of the high-speed line, it will greatly reduce traffic congestion between the two cities, attract investment, reduce environmental damage and promote trade and tourism.

The line will also greatly benefit local residents, just like the high-speed rail network in China has done, Xia added.

The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed line, which is expected to open in June, is China’s first overseas railway project to fully adopt Chinese technologies and standards. It is also a landmark project for China’s proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

The line’s 13 tunnels have been completed, along with more than 90% of the civil works, including platforms, bridges and stations, according to China Railway International, which oversees the project and is a subsidiary of China. State Railway Group. .

The 142 km line, with a planned speed of 350 km/h, will reduce travel time between Jakarta and Bandung, capital of West Java province, from about three hours to 40 minutes.

Complex geological conditions along the line posed challenges for designers and builders, but engineers worked to improve the quality of the design by incorporating the latest Chinese high-speed rail technology.

Xia said, “Local culture and religion have been fully respected in the design of the line’s stations, all of which have bathrooms and prayer rooms for Muslims.

Jose P. Rogers