High-speed rail­way on trial run in NE China

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A high-speed rail­way be­tween two cities in North­east China’s Hei­longjiang province, known for its high lat­i­tudes and bit­ing cold win­ters, be­gan a trial op­er­a­tion on Mon­day.

A bullet train de­parted from the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Harbin at around 5 a.m. to the city of Qiqi­har, ac­cord­ing to the Harbin Rail­way Bureau.

The rail­way, with the high­est lat­i­tude among all high-speed rail­ways in China, will be put into of­fi­cial op­er­a­tion in Au­gust, more than five years af­ter the con­struc­tion started on the 281km route.

With a des­ig­nated speed of 250 kilo­me­ters per hour and eight stops, the rail is ex­pected to carry about eight mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally.

The trains have been mod­i­fied to adapt to tem­per­a­tures as low as mi­nus 40 de­grees Cel­sius and re­sist ad­verse weather, such as strong winds, snow and fog.

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