On October 26, Shanghai-Hangzhou intercity high-speed railway was open to traffic, and all the EMUs put into operation are CRH380A new-generation high-speed EMUs developed and manufactured by CSR Qingdao Sifang Co., Ltd. The maximum operation speed of CRH380A will be 380km/h, the continuous operation speed will be 350km/h, and the time of travel between Shanghai and Hangzhou will be reduced to 45 minutes.
CRH380A was developed by CSR through integrating production, learning, research with practice, in combination with domestic first-class research institutes and industrial resources, under the unified organization and guidance of the Ministry of Railways. In August 2010, the first batch of CRH380A new-generation high-speed EMUs were released offline at CSR. On September 28, the model created the world’s highest speed of 416.6km/h during the trial operation on Shanghai-Hangzhou intercity high-speed railway.
CRH380A is the latest result of the independent innovation of Chinese high-speed railways, and the overall design of EMUs reflects ten system innovations: low-resistance streamline head, vibration mode system matching, high-air-tightness body, safe and reliable high-speed bogie, advanced noise control technology, high-performance traction system, high-speed dual-pantograph current-receiving performance, safe and environment-friendly brake system, human-oriented passenger interface and outstanding intelligent performance. According to the source, each EMU put into operation is marshaled by eight coaches, is staffed with 494 crew members, and involves a sightseeing zone, first-class seat boxes, a first-class seat coach, a second-class seat coach and a dinning coach to satisfy the individualized travel demands of passengers at different levels. It is reported that CSR has delivered 19 CRH380A high-speed EMUs to the Shanghai Railway Bureau, all of which will serve Shanghai-Hangzhou intercity high-speed railway.
CSR is a Chinese high-speed train industrialization base that plays a domestic leading role in EMU R & D and manufacture. So far, the company has delivered 199 high-speed EMUs, including seat and sleeping coaches with a speed of ranging from 200km/h to 380km/h and in different marshalling forms, thus becoming the country’s largest EMU contributor. It is reported that the company is stepping up the development of 16-in-one CRH380A new-generation EMU and will introduce it soon.
Shanghai-Hangzhou intercity high-speed railway is another 350km/h high-speed railway in China, which connects Shanghai and Hangzhou with a full length of 350km. The EMUs will satisfy different travel demands in nonstop, section-stop and station-stop manners, effectively alleviate the railway transport tension in the Yangtze River Delta, and boost the economic development of the eastern area.
Contributed by the publicity departments of CSR Group and CSR Corporation Limited