China’s easternmost high-speed railway begins operation

Chinese railway

China’s easternmost bullet train, from Mudanjiang to Jiamusi in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, officially began operations on Monday, according to an announcement by China Railway Harbin Group Co. via his Wechat account.

Located in the eastern region of Heilongjiang Province, the Mudanjiang-Jiamusi Rail is part of the Shenyang-Jiamusi high-speed railway line with a total length of 372 kilometers and a rated speed of 250 kilometers per hour.

Now in service, the high-speed train will only take two hours from Mudanjiang City to Jiamusi City, which will not only shorten the journey time, but also further improve the rail transportation network in the northeast and will stimulate the transformation of resource-based cities along the route, analysts say.

A chief engineer from China Railway said the Mudanjiang-Jiamusi Railway is China’s most “frost-resistant” high-speed railway given its route through alpine areas which are often subject to frost and with heavy snow. Engineers selected cold-resistant electrical signaling equipment and installed snow melting systems to ensure the safety of rolling stock in negative conditions.

The road electric multiple units can operate in temperatures of minus 30 to 40 degrees Celsius after modification of the body structure, brake system and door and window components, in order to adapt to low temperature conditions , wind and snow.

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