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Chinese Bullet Trains - 54 Recalled
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Extract from article in The Guardian (UK) a couple of days ago.  China North is (or used to be and i suspect still is) a subsidiary of the People's Liberation Army - I have a SKS made in one of their factories....
A Chinese bullet train manufacturer has recalled 54 trains, in the latest sign that the government has launched an overhaul of the beleaguered high-speed rail network in the wake of last month's fatal crash.
The hugely ambitious project was a matter of national prestige evidence that China could build not only faster but, said officials, better than anyone else.
But the disaster at Wenzhou in Zhejiang province killed 40 people and sparked an outpouring of public fury which focused not just on the safety of the line but also on the authorities' handling of events, with accusations that they were seeking to cover up problems. Many saw it as emblematic of the dangers of China's accelerated development.
The recall is not directly linked to the collision, which involved trains made by a rival firm. The recalled trains are from the Beijing-Shanghai line, which launched on 1 July to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist party but has suffered repeated delays.
But the announcement comes days after officials imposed a moratorium on new rail projects and the rail minister announced a reduction in train speeds. Experts believe it is part of a wider overhaul of the powerful railways ministry, which began when the minister who championed the aggressive roll-out of high-speed rail was ousted in February. He is expected to face corruption charges.
State-owned China North Locomotive and Rolling Stock Ltd said the recall applied to model CRH380BL trains used on the Beijing-Shanghai line.
Spokesman Tan Xiaofeng said experts will examine whether sensors are halting trains unnecessarily because they are faulty or too sensitive for example being set off when a door is ajar or a passenger smokes in a toilet.

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