Just a week before the start of the 2008 Olympics, the Velaro officially entered passenger service in China. The Chinese Railway Minister Liu Zhi Jun and the Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Dejiang attended the inauguration ceremony.
The CH3, the MoR (Ministry of Railways) designation for the Velaro in China, is now the fastest high speed train in China.
A total of ten trains are running on the Beijing–Tianjin line at headways of 10 to 20 minutes, making 43 trips per day and direction. Five of these trains are from the new CRH 3 series. The Chinese Ministry of Railways offers 30-minute service on this 115-kilometer-long route.
Chinese Railways placed an order for 60 Velaro type trains. Three of them were built in Krefeld, Germany, while the other 57 units are being built by Tangshan Locomotive & Rolling Stock Works in Tangshan.
The Velaro recently set a new Chinese high speed record of 394.3 km/h on the newly opened high speed route between the Chinese capital Beijing and the coastal city of Tianjin.
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