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Crew Members Ready for China's Newest High-Speed Rail Route

By ZHANG, GAOWEIALEX REPORTERFYXUANQI YUANICHONGQING|Jun 20,2022

Chongqing– Crew members of the first Zhengzhou-Chongqing High-Speed Rail (HSR) train made their debut in Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality on Sunday.

This newly opened route crew team has selected 112 train drivers and eight management staff to prepare for the opening operation. They’ve created safety and emergency procedures protocols, according to Pang Liang, the Zhengzhou-Chongqing HSR crew leader.

Crew members of the first Zhengzhou-Chongqing High-Speed Rail train made their debut in Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality on June 19, 2022. (iChongqing/Gaowei Zhang)

The main model serving this route is the Fuxing CR400AF, ten units of which will be on duty. The engineers have inspected the functions of all the trains, including the power supply, traction, brake, network, and AC system, to ensure the seat adjustment, broadcasting and lighting are in the best condition, making the riding more comfortable. They also apply intelligent technology to operate the HSR. For example, the HSR health system can monitor the real-time technical conditions remotely, providing technical and security support via big data analysis.

Ten units of Fuxing CR400AF will be on duty for this route (iChongqing/Gaowei Zhang)

The driver of the first departure, Li Ningyun, comes from Yunyang county of Chongqing and is very excited, “I’ve been an HSR driver since 2017, and I believe I’m experienced. However, it’s the first time we have to drive in a section with such a high ratio of bridges and tunnels. With so many troubling inclines and declines, it isn’t easy to control the operational speed. It’s a challenge to operate the train safely.” To be qualified for this mission, all drivers have taken and passed a specific training session for 24 hours and practical probation for more than 6,000 kilometers.

Li Ningyun, the driver of the first departure (iChongqing/Gaowei Zhang)

The first train on the Zhengzhou-Chongqing HSR will be departing at Chongqingbei Railway Station at 7:32 am and will take 6 hours and 54 minutes to arrive at Beijing West Railway Station. iChongqing will be covering more from the station and on board.

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