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Flexible Trains Coming to China’s High-Speed Rail

By Lu Bingyang and Yang Ge
So-called flexible trains, which can have carriages added or removed from a train on demand, will be on the market later this year. Photo: CRRC
So-called flexible trains, which can have carriages added or removed from a train on demand, will be on the market later this year. Photo: CRRC

(Beijing) — More flexibility is coming to China’s debt-laden high-speed rail network, as it chugs up a long and arduous hill to profits.

The operator of the world’s biggest bullet train system will soon be able to choose the number of coaches on each of its trains, in a major shift from the current system where all trains have only eight or 16 carriages.

The new flexible design is coming from CRRC Corp. Ltd., China’s main builder of high-speed rail and associated equipment, including actual trains, deputy chief engineer Huang Junhui told Caixin. He added that the first of the new flexible trains could be available for use by China’s rail operator within a year.

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