Design renderings of future Olympic trains unveiled in Beijing

By Li Jingrong
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This artist's rendering unveiled by the China Academy of Railway Sciences Co. Ltd. on Monday, April 23, 2018 shows the proposed bullet trains for the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway line. [Photo courtesy of China Academy of Railway Sciences Co. Ltd.]

Design renderings of bullet trains for the 2022 Winter Olympics were unveiled by the China Academy of Railway Sciences Co. Ltd. (CARS) in Beijing on Monday, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Designer Jin Zhulin introduced the plans for the future Olympic bullet trains at Monday's release ceremony. Progress made in the construction of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou line and in technological research and development was also announced at the ceremony.

According to the China Railway Corporation, it will complete the testing of high-speed trains that will run on a new line linking Beijing and Zhangjiakou, co-hosts of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, by the first half of 2019. A prototype of the trains will be manufactured and assembled by the end of this year.

"We have achieved intelligent construction, equipment and operation in the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway, forging a new path in this field," said Zhou Li, chairman of the board of directors at CARS.

CARS also revealed that the design of the Olympic bullet trains will be based on that of Fuxing CR400BF-type bullet trains, but new technology will make them more environmentally friendly.

Zhang Bo, vice director at CARS' Locomotive and Car Research Institute, said that the Olympic bullet trains will be driverless while there are supervising engineers, and the trains will reach speeds up to 350 kph.

"Automatic driving has been applied in the subway, but it will still be the first case in high-speed railway," said Zhang.

Zhang added that the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway will use the Beidou satellite navigation system to provide positioning and navigation services for the Olympic bullet trains.

With a total length of 200 kilometers, the Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway line will be a 50-minute trip from end to end. It starts from the Beijing North Railway Station and ends at the Zhangjiakou South Railway Station by way of the Qinghe Railway Station, Great Wall Railway Station and Taizicheng Station.

A distinctive part of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway is the Qinghuayuan Tunnel, which passes through nearly 90 urban pipeline areas. The Grounding Protection System of Shield used in the construction of Qinghuayuan Tunnel can minimize noise and damage in the surrounding environment and urban facilities.

CARS said that the use of a "one-card pass" system and facial recognition technology in the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway are aimed at making passengers' future trips more convenient and less time-consuming.

The Olympic bullet trains will also be equipped with ski storage centers and a specially-designed media carriage that will show a live broadcast of all the events during the 2022 Olympic Games.

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