China’s first high-speed double-decker train rolled off line on Monday. (Photos: The Paper; compiled by Han Xiaomeng)
The bullet train independently developed by China has a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour and will be exported to Austria, and will be used in five European countries including Austria, Germany and Hungary.
The Chinese team has been engaged in the design, research, production and trial operations of the double-decker bullet trains after signing a contract with Austria in December 2019. Conquering the obstacles brought by COVID-19, the bullet trains only took 18 months to build, saving half the time of the same type.
They have high passenger capacity, and are safe and intelligent. The train can accommodate up to 1,280 passengers, 30 percent more than a single-decker bullet train, providing an efficient solution to railway transportation in Europe. They are only 10 percent heavier than single-deck trains.
The bullet trains are also equipped with a remote status detecting system, transmitting data like the location, system status, and malfunctions to the maintenance center, which will provide timely support in case of troubleshooting problems.
Vending machines, coffee makers, a bar, a disabled passenger on wheelchairs area and parking bicycles are included to meet all travel requirements.