China initiates construction of its first high-speed railway
China has embarked on the manufacture of high-speed rail designed particularly to reach 300kph.
"China joined the restricted club -Japan, France and Germany- when it became the fourth country capable of manufacturing such trains", Wang Yongping, Ministry of Railways spokesman, said.
Wang affirmed (that) the structure of the train is made of aluminium alloy, which will be the world's lightest. Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co, responsible for manufacturing the material, states that the first 10 trains will start operating by the first half of 2008.
The high-speed railway is scheduled to enter service by August 2008, before the Olympic Games. With a capacity of 600 passengers, the train will cover the 115 kilometres that separate Peking from Tianjin (North). The route will take 30 minutes compared to the 80 minutes that it takes these days.