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With fold-up beds, Chinese ‘Panda’ train promises round-the-clock comfort

China has developed a bullet train that can convert its sleeping berths to seats to meet demand for round-the-clock operations, a train maker said on Monday.

Nicknamed ‘Panda’ because of their black-and-white nose design, two CRH5E trains came off the assembly line on Friday at the CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicle Co in Changchun, said a manager with the company. 

Among the 16 carriages on the trains, 13 of them are equipped with compartments with both seats and beds. The beds for night operations can be folded in to seats during the daytime, the manager said.

Passengers in the compartments have access to WiFi and can charge their electric devices with installed sockets or USB ports, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. 

With a maximum speed of 250 km per hour, the trains can run in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius. 

Sound proofing and vibration damping can reduce noise inside the carriages to 65 decibels when the trains run at maximum speed, a noise level suitable for conversation, the manager said.

China is competing hard with Japan to market its high-speed technology in other Asian countries, including in India. 

Japan got the bid to build India's first bullet train be run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. 
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