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China launches world’s longest train to Spain

world Updated: Nov 27, 2014 01:33 IST
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In an initiative to build a new silk road linking Asia and Europe though Central Asia, China launched a cargo train service connecting world’s largest commodity market in Yiwu with the Spanish capital Madrid.

The train with 82 containers was the first to travel the entire course of the cargo line on November 18. The journey marks the longest route taken by a freight train, longer still than Russia’s famed Trans-Siberian Railway. While container-borne trade still moves mostly by sea, the growing appetite of the Chinese market for European luxury goods means that Eurasian railway freight is catching up, according to a report in the the Economist.