China in the last week of December 2016 commenced operations of Shanghai-Kunming line, one of the world's longest high-speed railways.
The link joins the prosperous eastern coast to the less-developed southwestern part of the country.
The launch of the Shanghai-Kunming line signifies that China’s high-speed rail grid has taken shape and connects almost all provinces on the Chinese mainland.
The line is a part of the China Railway High-speed’s system of high-speed rail corridors, beginning in Shanghai and ending in Kunming.
About the Shanghai-Kunming line
- The Shanghai-Kunming line is 2252 km in length.
- The line is also the longest east-west high-speed railway in China.
- It passes through five provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan.
- It cuts travel time from Shanghai to Kunming from 34 hours to 11 hours.
- The maximum speed of the train is 330 km per hour.
About China Railway High-speed
- The China Railway High-speed (CRH) is the high-speed rail service operated by China Railway.
- Hexie Hao is the designation for rolling stock operated for the service.
- CRH’s introduction was a major part of the sixth national railway speedup.
- It was implemented on 18 April 2007.
- Every high-speed train in commercial use in China is named CRH.
- CRH1/2A/2B/2E/5 are expected to have a maximum speed of 250 km/h. CRH2C/3 have a maximum speed of 350 km/h.
- The new trainsets CRH380A have a maximum test speed of 416.6 km/h.
- CRH380BL, the fastest trainset, attained a maximum test speed of 487.3 km/h.