China Produces First Home-grown Bullet Train: Report – AFP
China’s first high-speed bullet train will start running between Beijing – Tianjin soon, according to AFP:
The streamlined train body, made of aluminium alloy, is the lightest of its kind in the world, Wang said.
The eight-carriage train can seat about 600 passengers and will start running the 115-kilometre-long Beijing-Tianjin route before the Beijing Olympics in August 2008, the report said.
It will cut travel time between the two cities to about 30 minutes from the current 80 minutes, Xinhua said. [Full text]