China tests its largest and longest freight train

China tests its largest and longest freight train
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The train, stretching 4,088 meters and carrying a staggering 32,400 tonnes, traveled the Shuozhou-Huanghua Railway.

China advanced its rail transport capabilities on Saturday 20 April when a new record-breaking freight train completed a test run on the Shuozhou-Huanghua Railway. The train, consisting of 324 carriages and hauled by four electric locomotives, achieved an unprecedented total length of 4,088 meters and carried a load of 32,400 tonnes, making it the heaviest and longest freight train in the country's history.

The journey began in Cangzhou City, Hebei Province, and ended at Huanghua Port, a critical node in China's rail network linking coal-rich Shanxi Province with the strategic maritime gateway of Hebei. The Shuozhou-Huanghua railway is known as China's second-largest coal transport route and plays a pivotal role in fueling the country's energy sector.

The successful deployment of this colossal freight train not only breaks previous records but also marks a significant advancement in China's freight rail system. The increased load capacity and extended train length demonstrate significant improvements in logistical efficiency and capacity, which are essential to meet the high demands of transporting coal over long distances in the country.

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