China will launch 'smart' intercontinental high-speed trains by 2020, says chief engineer
China is developing 'smart', intercontinental high-speed trains that can automatically adjust to the railway tracks in different countries, according to the country's chief train engineer.
The bullet freight trains could travel at 400 kilometres (248 miles) an hour and would enter service by 2020, said Guo Yao, chief designer of China's 'Fuxing' high-speed trains. That's an hour and 14 minutes from London to Paris.
They would be fitted with cutting-edge rail trucks on the chassis, which could adapt the trains to various track widths without human effort, Mr Guo, 41, said in an interview with Guangzhou Daily.
Rafe Husain, la, United States
US bombs China builds US whines when China wins
Pipeman, Baccytown, United Kingdom, 1 month ago
Chinese high-speed trains are excellent, if it wasn't for the display in the carriage you would have no idea how fast you are going
Gvillarreal2011, Denver, United States
And yet in America we are crying to build a stupid wall, giving tax cuts to the rich, funding space force, taking health care away from millions, fighting like idiots over political parties, the list goes on and on while China beats us in every way imaginable. Wake up...
molenhole, Brum, United Kingdom
They reckon that China has an off balance sheet debt of $ trillion dollars and it's rising debt levels are going to be a major problem for the world economy.