Chinese Bullet Train Suffering From Theft & Vandalism
A Japanese language report from Record China reveals that a mere month after China launched its version of the Japanese shinkansen with much fanfare, an inspection has revealed quite a bit of theft and vandalism in the train cars. The damage is particularly bad in the trains’ bathrooms, which seem to be missing some of their fixtures. Paper holders, faucet sensors, and temperature control knobs have been carried off by passengers.
In a related story, Xinhua has reported that that several CRH-5 bullet trains, which recently began running in Northeast China, have been suffering breakdowns and equipment failures. Experts have attributed the failures to driver errors and the relatively short trial runs of the trains.