Korea's 1st Homemade Bullet Train on Track in March

Korea Railroad on Thursday said it will put the KTX-II, the first bullet train produced with local technology, into service between Seoul and Busan and between Yongsan and Gwangju/Mokpo four times a day starting March 2.

The KTX-II, produced by Hyundai Rotem, can run up to 350 km per hour, the same top speed as the current KTX model made by France's Alstom. But seats on the KTX-II trains have 5 cm more leg room than the KTX and can rotate 360 degrees. They are also furnished with mobile TV receivers and wireless Internet access.

The train's design is inspired by the shape of cherry salmon, an indigenous fish species, KORAIL said.

The KTX-II train is revealed to the press on Thursday. The KTX-II train is revealed to the press on Thursday.
englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 12, 2010 12:02 KST