CHINA Inner-city bullet train starts operation in southwest China

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Inner-city bullet train starts operation in southwest China

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16:04, January 01, 2019

A "Tianfu" bullet train goes into service in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Tuesday, December 29, 2018. [Photo: IC]

A "Tianfu" bullet train goes into service in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Tuesday, December 29, 2018. (Photo: IC)

An inner-city bullet train has gone into service in southwest China's Sichuan Province. Running from Anjing Station in the city of Chengdu, the "Tianfu" bullet train links several county-level cities and towns across the city, which is the capital of the province.

A train attendant inside the "Tianfu" bullet train on Tuesday, December 29, 2018. [Photo: IC]

A train attendant inside the "Tianfu" bullet train on Tuesday, December 29, 2018. (Photo: IC)

The new service is the first to use the new CRH6A-A model train, which can carry up to 688 people at a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour.

This photo taken on Tuesday, December 29, 2018 shows the inside of the "Tianfu" bullet train. [Photo: IC]

This photo taken on Tuesday, December 29, 2018 shows the inside of the "Tianfu" bullet train. (Photo: IC)

The interior of the train is more reminiscent of a bus than China's other fast trains. It has fewer seats in each row, and a wider aisle than a normal train, making it easy for passengers to get on and off the train.

A train attendant "high fives" the train's panda mascot on Tuesday, December 29, 2018. [Photo: IC]

A train attendant "high fives" the train's panda mascot on Tuesday, December 29, 2018. (Photo: IC)

When the service is fully operational from this Saturday, trains will run every 10 minutes in peak hour, and every 20 minutes outside of peak times.

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