China successfully conducts test run of high-speed railway

Beijing: China has successfully conducted test run of the world’s longest 2,298-km long Beijing- Guangzhou high-speed railway, ahead of its formal launch.

Running at an average speed of 300 km per hour, it only took two-and-a-half hours for the train yesterday to cover the 693 km distance from Beijing to Zhengzhou, the northern section of the whole route that links the country’s capital and the southern economic hub.

Zhou Li, director general of science and technology with the Ministry of Railways (MOR), also aboard the train, told reporters that he was confident in the country’s railway technologies.

“We will keep tracking the condition of equipment in real time and report potential risks immediately,” Zhou said.

The railway authorities have taken a string of targeted measures to guarantee a safe trip, such as intensifying the maintenance of fixed equipment and mobile devices on board and improving the control system to address possible problems under extreme weather, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying. (Agencies)