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New generation high-speed cargo trains produced

By Zhong Nan | | Updated: 2020-12-23 14:36
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A new generation of high-speed cargo trains that can carry up to 110 metric tons of goods rolled off the production line on Wednesday in Tangshan, Hebei province.

The new type of train developed by CRRC Tangshan Co Ltd -- a unit of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, the country's largest rolling stock manufacturer by production volume -- is designed with a top speed of 350 kilometers per hour.

Formed with eight carriages, the train also features enhanced adaptability to environmental changes. It can operate in temperatures between -25 C and 40 C, the company said in a statement.

Compared with air and road transportation, the company said that the high-speed freight train is less affected by climate factors such as heavy rain and strong winds, and can travel a distance of 1,500 kilometers within five hours.

Each carriage has a pair of 2.9-meter wide loading doors with the largest degree of opening in the world, said the statement.

The front of the high-speed cargo train adopts the bionic design of the Chinese sturgeon's skeleton line, which increases the slenderness ratio at the front. Results of wind tunnel testing also proved that the train's front is advanced, and it greatly reduces the running resistance compared with existing models. The unit weight of cargo consumes only 8 percent of the aircraft's energy, according to CRRC Tangshan.

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