VIENTIANE, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) – The simplified “Chinese-standard” high-speed train, or multiple unit electric train (EMU), for the China-Laos railway arrived at the new China-Laos railway station on Saturday. from Vientiane.
The EMU train was officially delivered to Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd., a joint venture based in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, responsible for the construction and operation of the railway, in a ceremony of presentation held in the station in the presence of the Chinese Ambassador. to Laos Jiang Zaidong and to Laotian Minister of Public Works and Transport Viengsavath Siphandone.
The EMU, named Lane Xang, is to be put into the next rail test. Laos was once called the Kingdom of Lane Xang (Million Elephants). Lane Xang, also known as Lancang, named after the Upper Mekong River in China, symbolizes the China-Laos relationship as good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners.
The Lane Xang EMU is produced by the Chinese company CRRC Corporation, with its design based on the Fuxing bullet train.
The China State Railway Group called on the design and manufacturing enterprises to actively adapt to the situation of cross-border transportation, fully meet the user’s needs and make the necessary improvements.
With advanced technology, UEM Lane Xang is safe, comfortable and reliable with large passenger capacity but low operating costs, and fully meets key performance indicators required by China-Laos railway operation.
EMU Lane Xang is painted in the colors of the Laotian flag in red, blue and white. The interior design incorporates elements of traditional Chinese and Lao cultures, embodying the Lao people’s vision of a better life and friendship between the two peoples.
According to the China State Railway Group, the Lane Xang train, with a maximum operating speed of 160 km / h, consists of nine cars, including a locomotive, a dining car, a first class and six second class cars, and provides a total of 720 places.
The air-conditioned cars are spacious with comfortable seats fitted with power outlets to Chinese and Laotian standards. The dining car is well equipped to meet the dining and leisure needs of passengers; screens, broadcasts and service panels are all in three languages: Chinese, Laotian and English; and the fourth car with barrier-free zones is equipped with special seats, handrails, toilets, SOS call buttons and Braille guide panels to facilitate the journey of disabled passengers.
China-Laos Railway is a docking project between China’s proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Laos’ strategy to convert from a landlocked country to a land-linked hub .
The electrified passenger and freight railway is built with the full application of Chinese management and technical standards. Construction on the project began in December 2016 and is expected to be completed and operational in December 2021.