Hong Kong-based MTR has received the first of nine new high-speed trains from CRRC Qingdao Sifang for the Guangzhou Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) project.

Before shipment, the train underwent factory testing and inspection, as well as completing dynamic tests on the Shanghai to Kunming High-speed Railway line covering more than 5,000km.

Initially, it will undergo assembly and testing, then multiple static tests. It will then undergo low-speed dynamic tests followed by trialling on the 16km pilot section between Shek Kong Emergency Rescue Siding and Mongkok West Ventilation Building.

The design of CRRC’s nine eight-carriage XRL trains is based on the CRH380A model and facilitates operation on the Hong Kong section.

"MTR staff have been stationed at the factory to closely monitor the production process."

MTR projects director Dr Philco Wong said: “During train production, MTR staff members have been stationed at the factory to closely monitor the production process including manufacturing, assembly and testing procedures.

Prior to starting service, the trains are required to undergo testing for both integration and on-site.

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The tests will be monitored by the electrical and mechanical services department and relevant government authorities, as well as the independent safety assessor appointed by MTR to ensure trains meet required international safety standards.

The first XRL is expected to enter passenger service in the third quarter of 2018. 

Image: Train dynamic tests have been taking place at Qingdao Sifang factory. Photo: courtesy of MTR Corporation.