High-speed bullet train
Fuxing Hao is a new high-speed bullet train family designed and manufactured by Chinese company CRRC in collaboration with China Railway.
Operated by China Railway, the standard version of the Fuxing Hao high-speed train was officially introduced into service on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway line in June 2017.
The locally built bullet trains can run faster than the Japanese Shinkansen and offer more reliability and operational efficiency.
The G7 Fuxing, an extended version of the Fuxing Hao bullet train, made its debut on the Beijing-Shanghai line in July 2018.
A new version of the vehicle is undergoing testing activities in Beijing and is expected to enter commercial service by the end of 2019.
The new bullet train is intended to offer a sophisticated, high-speed and enriched travel experience to passengers.
Development of the electric multiple unit high-speed trains started in 2012. China Railway led a consortium of research organisations, universities, and manufacturing companies for the development of China’s bullet train manufacturing capabilities.
The initial scheme design of the vehicle was formulated in September 2014. The vehicle was unveiled for the first time in June 2015.
Test runs for the vehicle were conducted in October 2015, which saw the vehicle clear the high-speed test by reaching 385km/h.
Fuxing trains are expected to replace the Hexie Hao high-speed trains within the next ten years.
Aerodynamic design reduces air resistance and enables the vehicle to reach higher operating speeds. It minimises operating expenses by reducing the amount of fuel consumed.
The train is offered in two configurations, which are a standard eight-car version and a 16-car version.
The length and width of the eight-car version are 209m and 3.36m respectively. It has a maximum axle load of 17t and can offer seating capacity for a maximum of 556 passengers.
The 16-car train has a length of 414.26m and a width of 3.36m and has a seating capacity for 1,200 passengers.
Designed to run on the ballastless tracks of the high-speed rail network in China, Fuxing Hao aims to offer spacious interiors and a comfortable travelling experience for passengers.
The trains offer more reliability and longer service throughout their 30-year lifespan.
Train exteriors are decorated in red or golden colour schemes. The first class compartment in the train features comfortable seats that can be flattened into beds.
The seats also feature adjustable headrests and are spaced to provide comfortable legroom for passengers.
Occupants can charge their phones or laptops using the power outlets on the seats and have free access to the vehicle’s unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity.
Completely automated doors provide a smooth entry and exit for passengers. The seat information display system displays the seat number and availability.
The Fuxing bullet train also features an on-board monitoring system that automatically reduces speed during emergency conditions. The performance of the train is monitored by approximately 2,500 monitoring ports.
The average operating speed of the train is 350km/h, while the maximum speed is 400km/h. The train takes four hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai, which is roughly one hour less compared to the next fastest train.
The Fuxing bullet trains are currently operational on the major high-speed rail routes, including Beijing-Shanghai, Beijian-Xian, and Beijing-Tianjin lines. It is expected to provide high-speed connectivity to 16 major cities in China.
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