Experiencing the opening of China's very first high-speed railway

By Bruce Connolly | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-11-17 09:01
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Photo taken on Aug 5, 2008, shows the main departure hall at Beijing South Railway Station [Photo by Bruce Connolly/Provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

East of Beijing's Dashanzi 798 Art Zone there is a circular rail line, several kilometers long. A testing track for railway developments, it is located next to the China Railway Museum. Several of the country's large, but now retired, steam locomotives are on display there. In August 2007 I spotted a prototype high-speed unit being tested. It moved slowly but some months later I saw another going in and out of the main Beijing Railway Station, possibly testing for actual main-line use.

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