11 Jul '11, 5am

Power cut halts China's new high-speed train: BEIJING : A power cut brought the new US$33 billion high-speed rai...

BEIJING : A power cut brought the new US$33 billion high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai to a standstill on Sunday, Chinese railway authorities said, just 10 days after its high-profile launch. Nineteen trains were halted for about 90 minutes when thunderstorms and heavy winds brought down the power supply to a section of the line at around 6pm (1000 GMT), the Beijing railway bureau said. Passengers said lights went out and carriages quickly overheated as air conditioning systems in the trains stopped operating. "The carriage is dark and sweltering. We can't afford power failures on the high-speed train," wrote one blogger who called himself Brother Jiabo, apparently posting from the train. "Isn't it too fragile? Is this the so-called high technology?" another user wrote on a social networking site in response to the railway authority's statement. Chinese Prem...

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