History was made on Tuesday, when a train originating from the Chinese city of Yiwu arrived at its final destination, Madrid, to complete the world’s longest ever train journey, reports Xinhua.
The train, which is named Yiximou, set off from the train station at Yiwu, in Zhejiang province, on November 18 and eventually arrived at Madrid Abronigal railway station, 21 days later, at around 11:00 a.m. local time. The total journey covered a staggering 13,052 kilometers, greater than that of the distance between the north and south poles, and crossed China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France, before its culmination in the Spanish capital.
On route to Madrid, Yiximou carried a total of 40 carriages, 30 of which arrived in Spain, and transported a massive 1,400 tons of merchandise, including many products for the Christmas market. The train will soon be returning to China brimming with an array of Spanish products, including cured ham, olive oil and wine.
The successful trip, which was completed in around half the time it would take for a merchant vessel to travel the same distance, could potentially lead to the opening of a permanent two-way rail link between Spain and China, with regular trade potentially beginning in the new year.
The Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella Serrano, commented on the achievement and the potential for future trade sayig that it is similar to a “new silk road for the 21st century, except that now the commerce will travel in both directions.”
In other train related news: high-speed rail now in operation between Shanghai and Guangzhuo
[Image via Xinhua]
By Robert Ridley