Olympics trains will outpace all others
The design of the trains that will run on a new high-speed railway line linking Beijing and Zhangjiakou, co-hosts of the 2022 Winter Olympics, was unveiled in the capital Tuesday.
The Olympic trains will be even “smarter and greener” than the Fuxing bullet trains, which were put for service on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway last month, according to Chinese railcar maker CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicle Co.
The company said the new trains were designed specifically for the Winter Olympics, featuring a media carriage with Wi-Fi service and TV screens for live broadcasting, an athlete drug testing area and a storage area for winter sports equipment.
CRRC Changchun also produced subway trains for the Rio Olympics and operated the system for the duration of those Games last year.
In April 2016, construction began on the world’s first ballast track with maximum speed of 350kph between Beijing and Zhangjiakou.
The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019 and will shorten the trip between the two cities from the current three hours to just one hour.
Construction also began in 2016 on a 53.2km extension of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway to Hebei’s Chongli District, where most of the Olympic skiing events will be held.