Developing countries may soon have fastest trains



Shenzhen’s International Technology Group announced a prototype train on Monday, billed as the world’s fastest.

Shenzhen’s International Technology Group announced a prototype train on Monday, billed as the world’s fastest.

The 570-kph train boasts the motto “sailing through the air”.

Described as having great capability and in a state of advanced automation, the new train boasts a range of motion including hover and weightless motions.

Described as having great capability and in a state of advanced automation, the new train boasts a range of motion including hover and weightless motions.

The prototype, announced at the World Railway Congress in China, features a front steerable deck, automatic braking, integrated collision avoidance technology and electronically controlled electronics.

The train made by Shenzhen’s International Technology Group (ITG) is made to carry 1,600 passengers per trip and features body modification with and without windows, LED lighting with a better pattern, open neck seats, and better service information displays.

The new train has been produced in collaboration with industry leaders from Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, and South Korea.

The modified design is ideal for serving urban areas, and to make “urban interchanges” with local trains and express buses without having to interrupt travellers at a railway station, the company said.

Development of the unique new train has been observed by railway professionals from China, Europe, South Korea, and Japan, and since last year has been co-designed by China, Italy, South Korea, and Italy.

Due to the advantageous operational characteristics of the train, ITG expects this to be “the product that will give SHT and railways around the world a new benchmark to achieve high speed rail transportation.”

More details about the train design are to be released by June or July this year.

The official slogan for the new train is “ship by air, to beat the world.”

First Published: Apr 21, 2010 16:42 IST

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