A group of railway engineers from the Chinese People's Republic is in France to observe the trials of locomotives due to be delivered to China later this year.
CU Sign Audun le Roman, TILT DOWN TO GV Trains in station
MV Driver in cab TILT DOWN TO wheels
MV INT. Chinese engineers talking
GV EXT. Train past
MV INT & SV PAN Technicians in monitoring car (2 shots)
MV & CLs Chinese engineers studying instruments (3 shots)
GV From driver's cab TILT DOWN TO Chinese in cab
SV Between carriages & engine
GV From driving cab back along side of train
Initials SGM/0219 SGM/0238
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: A group of railway engineers from the Chinese People's Republic is in France to observe the trials of locomotives due to be delivered to China later this year.
The French engineering company Alsthom won the contract in April 1970 to supply 40 locomotives for use in mountain regions. The electrically-powered locomotives are designed to tackle gradients of three percent -- severe climbs by normal railway standards.
To work in these difficult conditions, the locomotives are exceptionally powerful, both in traction and braking capacity.
The Chinese experts saw one of the new locomotives on a demonstration run. The special train, which included carriages equipped with electronic monitoring devices, was headed by a French railways locomotive for safety reasons.