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07.11.2012 16:55

Railroaded into a Fast-Train Technology Trap

Fast-train companies nationwide are paying heavily for a decision that favors 'technology transfers' over homegrown development
By staff reporter Wang Chen
 
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The professional dreams of a team of locomotive designers and rail systems engineers sped along steel tracks through the countryside of northeastern China.

The year was 2003, and high-speed track testing was under way between the cities of Shenyang and Qinhuangdao for the China Star bullet train, the pride of an engineering team assigned to jump-start the nation's all-new, high-speed railroad.

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