India sends railroaders to China, Japan to learn about high-speed trains

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NEW DELHI — Indian Railways is planning on sending up to 500 railroaders to China and Japan to learn about high-speed trains ahead of a plan to increase train speeds to 125 miles per hour on some routes in that country.

The state-owned railroad is calling the program Mission Raftaar and so far about 60 employees have gone to China and Japan for two-to-three week training sessions, the India Times reports. Employees ranging in crafts from dispatchers to maintenance-of-way are set to take the training abroad that officials say is critical for the country’s railway to safely implement the new high-speed services.

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