Bullet train being developed for cross-border trips
China is developing a next-generation bullet train that can run at 400 kilometers (248 miles) an hour and is suitable for cross-border services.
“The train, to be developed in the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), 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,” said Jia Limin, a professor at Beijing Jiao Tong University and head of China’s high-speed rail innovation program.
“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,” he said.
According to an agreement by Chinese and Russian authorities, the MoscowKazan line is likely to be extended to Beijing, which will significantly reduce rail travel times between the two nation’s capitals.