China rolls out its own 380 – Plane Talking
"China rolls out its own 380
June 2, 2010 – 8:25 am, by Ben Sandilands
The first carriage for the first of 100 China 380A trains (Xinhau)
China has revealed the first of its 380A high speed trains at a ceremony at a factory in Changchun.
It will be followed by another 99 sets in coming months for use on the soon to be completed Beijing-Shanghai high speed rail line which opens in 2011.
This report and others show that the name came not from a play on the Airbus A380 moniker but the fact that the trains have a top operational speed of 380 kmh, exceeding by 30 kmh the top speed of the now, second tier 350A trains that were launched into service in 2008.
Good morning Toulouse, from Changchun (Xinhau)
The great circle distance from Beijing Capital airport (PEK) to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) is 1098 kilometres, and while neither jets nor the soon to begin HS rail link will cover as short a distance in the real world, it is obvious that the train between China’s capital and its largest city will be far preferable in space, comfort, data connectivity, convenience and total trip time for many of those who now fly between them.
Meanwhile, in Australia ……..look on in shame. We can’t even get two of the world’s smallest metropolitan railways to work effectively."
(Note: Thank you to "marchpole" for finding this story.)