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megimoo
07-23-2011, 11:34 AM
-- Two coaches of a bullet train fell off a bridge after derailing in east China's Zhejiang Province late Saturday, local fire fighting sources said...The number of dead is unknown at this time..

The details of casualties are unknown at the moment....The train numbered D3115 from the provincial capital Hangzhou to the city of Wenzhou derailed at the section of Shuangyu Town in Wenzhou at 8:34 p.m., said fire fighters from Wenzhou.

Train No. Departs Arrives Duration Distance(km)
D3115 Hangzhou 16:40 Wenzhou South 19:57 3h17m 446 KM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H8krITjaQA

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-07/23/c_131004846.htm

COMMENTS:

China is the first and only country to have commercial train service on
conventional rail lines that can reach 350 km/h (220 mph).

Notable examples of HSR lines include:

The Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway, a passenger-dedicated trunk line opened in June 2011, that reduced the 1,318 km (819 mi) journey between the largest cities in China to less than 5 hours. Trains reach top speeds of 300 km/h (190 mph) for the entire trip.
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In February 2011, Chinese Railways Minister Liu Zhijun, a key proponent of HSR expansion, was removed from office pending investigation for corruption. Since then concerns about HSR safety, high ticket prices, low ridership, financial sustainability of high speed rail projects and environmental impact have drawn greater scrutiny from the Chinese press.