A tram was launched without a contact network in China

The first of 20 low-floor trams built by CRRC Changchun for the light rail network currently under construction in Jiaxing County entered service on March 17. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to the Railway Gazette.

A tram was launched without a contact network in China
Picture: CRRC Changchun

The five-section trains under the Nanhu brand are 34.8 m long. They are designed to operate at a maximum speed of 70 km/h and are equipped with a supercapacitor energy storage system for operation without overhead lines.

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The first two lines of the Jiaxing Railroad, totaling 15.6 km with 26 stops, are expected to open in July. The third line, 20 km long, will appear in 2023.

Located in the northern province of Zhejiang, Jiaxing County is about halfway between Shanghai and Hangzhou. It is connected to both cities by a high-speed line, with which the light rail network will cross.

Jiaxing County has a population of about 4.5 million.


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