Chinese bullet trains cross in world first

Two bullet trains in China  gave the world a first of its kind visually stunning sight. Running at world record speeds in opposite directions, the trains crossed each other on parallel tracks.

This achievement in the high-speed rail has added another feat in China’s long list.

The two trains”Golden Phoenix” and “Dolphin Blue” pass each other on the railway line between Zhengzhou in central China’s Henan Province and Xuzhou in east China’s Jiangsu Province at a striking speed of 420 km per hour in opposite direction setting a world record.

The China-standard bullet trains, officially known as electric multiple unit (EMU) trains,China has built over 16,000 km of high-speed train tracks connecting most of the major cities.

  • The two trains were only 1.6 meters apart when they met. Their passengers, a group of technicians and journalists, felt only a slight jolt during the encounter as the two vehicles shared a relative speed of 840 km per hour, equivalent to a cruising airliner.
  • Making the experiment even more extraordinary, Golden Phoenix and Dolphin Blue each consists of two trains coupled together, different models made by two different companies, both subsidiaries of China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation.
  • China began research and manufacturing of its EMU train in 2012 and officially launched it in June 2015, successfully testing it at 385 km per hour later that year.
  • China now boasts the world’s largest EMU fleet, with a total of 2,395 trains, and the world greatest cumulative length of high-speed railway, at 19,000 km, or 60 percent of the world’s total.

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