The first rack rail train was built in China. It will serve a mountain route currently under construction to the Xigongyang Peak Panda Sanctuary in Sichuan Province. The first section is scheduled to open at the end of 2023. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Rynek Kolejowy.


The train consists of four sections with a total capacity of 145 passengers. It can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h, and on rack rails – up to 40 km/h. The train is equipped with 5G-enabled autonomous driving technology and BeiDou satellite navigation system.

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The new train will run on the country’s first rack railway line, connecting Dujiangyan City with the Panda Sanctuary and Xigongyang Mountain Scenic Area in Sichuan Province. It is expected that the first section will open at the end of 2023, and the line will be fully operational in 2026. Travel time on this route will be reduced from five to two hours. The construction of the railway connecting the cities of Dujiangyan and Xigongyangshan costs 21.6 billion yuan. It will include 11 stations, 25 bridges with a total length of 35 km and 86 km of tunnels.

Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC said it hopes the rack railway will become an important means of transport in mountainous areas due to its safety, low construction costs and low environmental impact.

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