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CSR to supply bullet trains in Malaysia

Staff writer ▼ | December 4, 2014
Malaysia's new 200-kilometer high-speed rail line between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh will feature the world's fastest inter-city bullet trains by the end of next year, built by China's CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co.
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The meter-gauge electric units will run at a set speed of around 160 km per hour, said Zhou Qinghe, president of CSR ZELC. The trains will also be used on a 900-km railway line being planned between Johor Bahru on the southern tip of the country, and Padang Besar on the Thailand border, according to the train manufacturer.

After the first batch of 10 trains produced in China are delivered, Zhou said trains of the same type will then be manufactured at a new manufacturing base being built in Malaysia.

The company announced in April it was spending $131 million on the building of a manufacturing and maintenance base to serve the needs of the country, as well as the whole ASEAN region. It has signed five contracts to supply 98 trains and carriages, the first phase of which will be completed by the end of this year.