China finishes world's longest bullet train tracks
China has built over 20,000 km of railway track network connecting Zhengzhou with Xuzhou. China's high-speed railway lines have now surpassed 20,000 km in total length. The journey time between Xi'an and Shanghai is truncated from 11 to 6 hours with this 360-km line connecting high-speed railway in the west with two major north-south lines. The train will pass 9 stations at 300 km/hr.
World's 2nd largest high-speed rail-line in Chennai: Made in Chennai
India's tying up with Japan for its Mumbai to Ahmedabad track- its first high-speed train to run on a 505-km track affected China adversely which had hoped to win this contract. China which is hopeful of selling its HSR technology is now carrying out feasibility studies for the 22,00 km high-speed lines on the Chennai-Delhi route and 1,200-km Delhi-Mumbai corridor.
China's 'One Belt, One Road' scheme
China's 'One Belt, One Road' scheme will connect China to 6 trans-national China-centric economic corridors. These include a Eurasian land bridge of freight trains linking the "port of Lianyungang in Jiangsu to Rotterdam; a Mongolia-Russia corridor; a Central Asia-West Asia corridor; an Indochina peninsula corridor; a Pakistan corridor; and a Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar corridor."
China to build train for Russia's high-speed railway
China and Russia have entered into a partnership to build a $100 billion high-speed railway between Moscow-Beijing. China will advance a $6 billion loan for the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail. The overall cost of the project is expected to exceed $15 billion. The Moscow-Kazan route may get connected to Beijing's New Silk Road project (linking China to Europe and the Middle East).
Malaysia, Singapore team up on bullet-train project
Malaysia and Singapore confirmed the deal to build a 350-kilometer bullet-train line from Singapore to Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur. The line is expected to cut travel time of 5 hours by road to 90 minutes. The project is estimated to cost US$15 billion. Speculation was rife that a major chunk of this project will be built by Chinese national rail operator China Railway Corp.
What is HSR technology?
High-speed rail is a kind of rail transportation that moves significantly faster than regular rail traffic, using an interspersed system of technoscientific rolling stock and dedicated tracks.