• China has launched its first test train that is said to be capable of reaching 500 kmph from the present 300 kmph, a feat if accomplished would be a big leap forward in high speed train technology.

  • China's largest rail vehicle maker, CSR Corp Ltd, over the weekend launched the train. The six-car train with a fair shaped head is the newest in the CRH series. 

  • It has a maximum tractive power of 22,800 kilowatts, compared with 9,600 kilowatts for the CRH380 trains in service on the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway, which holds the world speed record of 300 kmph