Hyundai Rotem, South Korea’s leading railway systems provider, said Friday it has developed a high-speed train with a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour.
The company said the train uses a dispersed power pack arrangement, particularly suitable for quick acceleration and deceleration, and falls in the mid- to high-speed category among bullet trains.
“The new train was developed because in South Korea, the distance between stations are not that far apart, so there is no great need for trains that link smaller-sized urban areas to have speeds exceeding 300 km per hour,” it said, adding 250 kph trains are being built in countries such as Germany and France.
Unlike conventional trains where locomotives at the front and back move the rolling stock forward, the dispersed system has all carriages sending power to the tracks.
Hyundai Rotem has built the trains for new railways being pursued by the government to link the eastern and central inland regions with the rest of the country. (Yonhap)