China Railways CRH5

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China Railways CRH5 EMU
Crh5 beijing.jpg
CRH5 high-speed train in Beijing Railway Station
In service 2007 – Present
Manufacturer Alstom
Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd.
Family name Pendolino
Number built 140 trainsets (1120 cars)
Formation 8 cars per trainset (5M3T)
Capacity Fixed seats: 622
Rolling seats: 586 or 570
Operator Chinese Ministry of Railways
- Beijing Railway Bureau
- Taiyuan Railway Bureau
- Shenyang Railway Bureau
- Harbin Railway Bureau
- Xi'an Railway Bureau
- Zhengzhou Railway Bureau
Line(s) served Jingha railway, Jingguang railway,
Shitai Passenger Railway
Specifications
Train length 211.5 m (694 ft)
Width 3,200 mm (10 ft 6 in)
Height 4,270 mm (14 ft 0 in)
Platform height 500–1,200 mm (1 ft 8 in–3 ft 11 in)
Maximum speed 250 km/h (155 mph)
Weight 443 t
Traction system AlstomIGBT VVVF inverter control
Power output 5,500 kW (7,400 hp)
Transmission AC-DC-AC
Acceleration ≥ 0.5 m/s2 (1.6 ft/s2) (Starter)
0.11 m/s2 (0.36 ft/s2)
(at 200 km/h or 124 mph)
0.05 m/s2 (0.16 ft/s2)
(at 250 km/h or 155 mph)
Power supply Overhead
Electric system(s) 25 kV 50 Hz AC
Current collection method Pantograph
Braking system(s) Regenerative, electronically controlled pneumatic brakes
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
An Italian New Pendolino in Freccia Argento color scheme.

The China Railways CRH5 is an electric multiple unit high-speed train in use with China Railway High-speed in the People's Republic of China. The CRH5 is based on the ETR-600 New Pendolino used in Italy.

The CRH5 are non-tilting trains, developed for the Chinese Railways and which technology has been transferred to local manufacturers.[1] The CRH5 have a design speed of up to 200 kilometres per hour (124 mph) and now operate steadily at 250 kilometres per hour (155 mph).[2][3][4]

CRH5A[edit]

In 2004, the Ministry of Railway in China contracted Alstom and CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles to produce 60 sets of the train with a maximum speed of 250 kilometres per hour (155 mph). These trains have been given the designation CRH5A, and are still the only type of the CRH5 trains. 30 additional sets were ordered in 2009 and 20 additional sets were ordered in 2010 to complete the current fleet operating on China's northern and eastern lines.[5][6] On April 26, 2011, the MOR ordered an additional 30 sets.

As to the initial 60 sets, the first three were manufactured by Alstom's factory in Italy, and the next six were delivered in complete knock down form and assembled by CNR Changchun Railway Vehicle. The remaining 51 sets were built by CNR Changchun through technology transfer from Alstom.

The first train (CRH5-001A) departed from Savigliano port, Italy on December 11, 2006 and arrive at Dalian port on January 28, 2007. The first CRH5A set made by CNR Changchun (CRH5-010A) was delivered in April, 2007.

The CRH5A sets started service from April 18, 2007, the date of the sixth national railway speed-up at the Beijing-Harbin Railway. In the following years, it opened service at the Jinan-Qingdao high-speed rail and Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan high-speed rail.

Each of the CRH5A set consists of 8 cars. The initial 12 sets (CRH5-001A ~ CRH5-012A) have one first-class seating car (ZY), six second-class seating cars (ZE), and one second-class seating/dining car (ZEC). The subsequent sets have two first-class seating cars (ZY) and six second-class seating cars (ZE).

The CRH5A trains experienced a number of failures in early stages. The failures were attributed to new technologies introduced on CRH5A and a relatively short trial run before the first delivery [7][8]

CIT001[edit]

On April 2, 2007, China Academy of Railway Sciences ordered a CRH5-based high-speed test train; the official name of this train set is Code Zero Comprehensive Testing Train, name code CIT001. This train is equipped with special devices to monitor the condition of the track, wheel-rail force, overhead wire, communication system and signal system. The train is painted with yellow and white color and started test run on July 1, 2007.[9]

Formation[edit]

Power Destination

  • M – Motor car
  • T – Trailer car
  • C – Driver cabin
  • P – Pantograph

Coach Type

  • ZY – First Class Coach
  • ZE – Second Class Coach
  • ZYE – First Class/Second Class Coach
  • ZEC – Second Class Coach/Dining Car

CRH5A

Coach No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Type1 ZE ZEC ZE ZY
Type2 ZY ZE ZEC ZE ZY
Type3 ZY ZYE ZE ZEC ZE ZY
Power Configuration MC M TP M T TP M MC
Power Units Unit 1 Unit 2
Capacity1 74 93 93 93 93 42 74 60
Capacity2 56 90 90 90 90 40 74 56
Capacity3 56 74 90 90 90 40 74 56
  • ^1 train No.001A-012A; 043A-053A
  • ^2 train No.013A-042A; 054A-070A; 091A-140A
  • ^3 train No.071A-090A, Coach No.2 has 58 Second Class seats(from No.001-No.058)as well as 16 First Class Seats (from No.059-No.074, divided into 3 open-rooms: No.059-064 are in one, No.065-070 are in another, and No.071-074 make up the last room.), which is usually called 伪一等(False First Class Seats) because these 16 seats are far less comfortable than the normal ones.

Distribution[edit]

Operator Quantity Series number Lines serving Note
CRH5A
Beijing Railway Bureau 21 CRH5-005A、CRH5-007A、CRH5-009A、CRH5-018A、CRH5-021A、
CRH5-028A、CRH5-029A、CRH5-046A ~ CRH5-055A、
CRH5-063A、CRH5-064A、CRH5-090A、CRH5-091A
Jingha RailwayJingguang Railway
Jinan Railway Bureau 18 CRH5-061A、CRH5-062A、CRH5-065A ~ CRH5-080A Jiaoji PDL
Zhengzhou Railway Bureau 14 CRH5-034A ~ CRH5-043A、CRH5-056A、CRH5-057A、
CRH5-059A、CRH5-060A
Longhai RailwayJingguang Railway
Jinghu Railway
Shenyang Railway Bureau 30 CRH5-001A ~ CRH5-004A、CRH5-006A、CRH5-008A、
CRH5-010A ~ CRH5-017A、CRH5-024A ~ CRH5-027A、
CRH5-031A、CRH5-032A、CRH5-058A、
CRH5-081A ~ CRH5-085A、CRH5-088A、CRH5-089A、
CRH5-092A、CRH5-093A
Jingha Railway
Harbin Railway Bureau 6 CRH5-019A、CRH5-020A、CRH5-022A、
CRH5-023A、CRH5-030A、CRH5-033A
Jingha Railway
Taiyuan Railway Bureau 4 CRH5-044A、CRH5-045A、CRH5-054A、CRH5-055A Shitai PDL
China MOR 1 CIT001 Comprehensive testing train

(as of January 2013)

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