International Railway Journal - May 2008 - (Page 35)
Railway research Korea develops high-speed ambitions A thorough programme of research and development will soon deliver results for Korea’s rail industry in the form of the indigenous KTX II high-speed train. Dr Kihwan Kim of the Korea Railroad Research Institute explains the development of the new train. T HE Korean high-speed train technology development project started in 1996. Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) was in overall control, and it was promoted through collaboration with the government, private consortia, and universities. The project’s ambitious aim was nothing less than to make the railway technology of Korea rank among the world’s best. At that time, Korea was importing the French TGV-K dubbed Korea Train eXpress (KTX), but it had no indigenous advanced technology for high-speed trains. The project consisted of two phases: the G7 research and development project, which ran from 1996 to 2002, followed by development of the Korea High-Speed Train. To ensure the projects proceeded as planned, about Won 210 billion ($US 223 million) in project funds was allocated. Ten research institutes, 35 companies,
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