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High-speed train operator can't get enough

By Luo Wangshu | China Daily | Updated: 2022-10-01 09:41

Wang Haitao operates a train on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Highspeed Railway.[Photo provided to China Daily]

When Wang Haitao was told he'd be operating the bullet train on its maiden trip along the newly opened Beijing-Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway on Dec 30, 2019, the then 27-year-old train driver was thrilled.

"It was on short notice, only a few days ahead of the line's scheduled opening," he said, adding that he felt excited and a bit nervous.

Wang spent his remaining days repeatedly running through details of the operation to make every move as perfect as possible.

The Beijing-Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway, which can run at speeds of up to 350 kilometers per hour, is China's most advanced smart high-speed railway, a landmark project that embodies the highest technology in high-speed railway construction.

It was also a vital transport link during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

"After all, it was a difficult and important task," he said.

It was the driver's first career jackpot, one he earned through effort, practice and some luck. Becoming a train driver had never been Wang's dream job, although his father is a freight train technician, at his mother's insistence, he followed in his father's footprints.

He applied to a railway technical and vocational college in Tianjin and joined the China Railway Beijing Group after graduating in 2013.

His talent as a driver has been noted since.

After three years of practical training, Wang became a diesel locomotive operator in 2016. A year later, he passed the tests to become an electric locomotive operator and a bullet train driver.

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