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  World's longest bullet train service launched in China
  Published Date : 1 January, 2013
 
 
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Beijing (AFP) : China launched service on December 26 on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and-sometimes troubled-super fast rail network.
The opening of the new 2,298-kilometre line between Bei-jing and Guan-gzhou means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required.
State broadcaster China Central Television showed the 9:00 am (0100 GMT) departure of the first train live from Beijing West Railway Station and its arrival later in Guangzhou at about 5:00 pm.
It also carried occasional live reports inside the train throughout the day, showing passengers toting cameras to apparently snap commemorative photos, as well as shots from outside as it sped through the countryside.
Another train departed Guangzhou for the capital at 10:00 am, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Trains travel at an average speed of 300 kilometres per hour over the line, which includes 35 stops in major cities such as Zhengzhou, Wuhan on the Yangtze River and Changsha.
State media have reported that December 26 was chosen to start passenger service on the Beijing-Guangzhou line to commemorate the birth in 1893 of revered Chinese leader Mao Zedong.
The Beijing-Guangzhou route was made possible with the completion of a line between Zhengzhou and Beijing. High-speed sections linking Zhengzhou and Wuhan and Wuhan and Guangzhou were already in service.
China's high-speed rail network was only established in 2007, but has fast become the world's largest. Xinhua said that China now operates 9,300 kilometres of high-speed railways.
The state-run China Daily newspaper reported that the nation's high-speed rail network is set to jump to 50,000 kilometres by 2020, with four main lines running north and south and ano-ther four east and west.
China has re-lied on technology transfers from foreign companies, including Fran-ce's Alstom, Germany's Siemens and Japan's Kawa-saki Heavy In-dustries, to de-velop its high-speed rail network.
But the country is now seeking to capitalise on what it has learned and has been building high-speed rail net- works in foreign countries such as Turkey and Venezuela, and has ambitions further afield.
The China News Service reported that the major type of train running on the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail route is produced by state-owned China CNR Corp., headquartered in Beijng and founded in June 2008.
   
 
 
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