By LISA R. JOHNSON, APP EditorBy LISA JOHnson/AP, AP, APA-CBNNEWSNEWS | FEBRUARY 23, 202011:21:00A train carrying more than 3,100 people took off from a station in Beijing for a weekend trip to the country’s capital.
It was the first such journey since March 1 and the first time the train has carried more than 300 people.
The train, which was part of the Polar Express train service, has the longest journey on the route between Beijing and Dalian, China’s largest city, according to Beijing-based train company RailChina.
The train leaves from the station in the northeastern province of Gansu, about 80 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Beijing.
It has a capacity of 2,400 passengers.
The average fare is about 7,000 yuan ($89), the company said.
The Beijing-Dalian train was the company’s first foray into the business since it launched a train service in 2020.
In January, the train service expanded to include stops in Beijing and Shanghai.
The company expects to open a second station in Dalian next year.
The rail journey, a four-day journey, is scheduled to run until April 25.
The journey was originally meant to take four days.
But the weather in Beijing is forecast to be poor, and the train was forced to stop in the city’s financial district because of the bad weather.
In the past, trains have carried fewer than 300 passengers.
In 2020, the total train capacity was 2,800 passengers, according a company statement.
China’s economy was hit by the global financial crisis in 2008, and Beijing’s train operators struggled to cope.
RailChina said its train service was made possible by the government’s investment in infrastructure, including rail networks.