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China considers high-speed freight trains

2014-08-15 21:28 Ecns.cn Web Editor: Qian Ruisha

(ECNS) – China is considering high-speed freight trains to meet the growing demand for faster shipping in the world's biggest e-commerce market.

The Daily Economic News reports that China Railway is setting its sights on two types of freight trains – super fast trains with a speed of 300 kilometers per hour that would compete with air cargos, and trains with a lower speed of 160 kilometers per hour to compete with road transport.

The faster freight trains may come out next year, and the slower ones are expected to start rolling sooner than that.

Experts say high-speed freight trains are likely to encroach on the business of cargo flights and road transportation, as trains are less affected by weather swings and traffic control.

Right now, most of the rail freights have to operate passenger trains, which have limited routes and frequency.

Earlier this year, China Railway kicked off an express delivery service and special freight trains for big courier companies. The high-speed freight trains will further satisfy China's demand for faster freight shipping.


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