Vibrant Express

Vibrant Express (Chinese: 動感號)[1], also known as MTR CRH380A is a train set ordered by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region[2] through the MTR Corporation; this EMU is used to run on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. The train was manufactured by CRRC Qingdao Sifang.[3][4]

Vibrant Express
MTR CSR Sifang EMU in the "Express Rail Link Train Open Days"
ManufacturerCRRC Qingdao Sifang
Order no.840 , C6014-14E
Family nameChina Railways CRH380A EMU
Entered service23 September 2018
Number built72 cars (9 vehicles)
Formation8 cars per trainset (6M2T)
Fleet numbersCRH380A-0251 – CRH380A-0259
Capacity581 persons per vehicle
(579 seats + 2 wheelchair spaces)
Operator(s)MTR Corporation
Depot(s)Shek Kong Stabling Sidings and Emergency Rescue Sidings
Line(s) servedGuangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link
Car body constructionAluminum and stainless steel (for car body)
Fiberglass (for head-tip)
Train length203 m (666 ft 0.1 in)
Car length26,500 mm (86 ft 11.3 in) (cars with driver cab)
25,000 mm (82 ft 0.3 in) (cars without driver cab)
Width3,380 mm (11 ft 1.1 in)
Height3,700 mm (12 ft 1.7 in)
Platform height1,250 mm (4 ft 1.2 in)
Doors2 per side per car
Wheelbase2,500 mm (8 ft 2.4 in)
Maximum speed200 km/h (124 mph) (service in Hong Kong)
300 km/h (186 mph) (service in Mainland China)
350 km/h (217 mph) (operation maximun)
380 km/h (236 mph) (design)
Weight408 t (401.6 long tons; 449.7 short tons)
Traction systemIGBT water cooling VVVF inverter control
(brand and model to be known)
Power output8.76 MW (11,750 hp) (at all wheels)
9.6 MW (12,900 hp) (at all motors)
0.4 MW (540 hp) (at each motor)
Power supplyOverhead catenary
Electric system(s)25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Current collection methodPantograph
UIC classification2'2'+Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'+2'2' (8 car set)
BogiesBolsterless bogie with air suspension
Braking system(s)Regenerative, electronically controlled pneumatic brakes
Safety system(s)Chinese Train Control System
Coupling systemTightlock coupling
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Appearance designed by Mbd Design in France
Pantograph: DSA 350
Vibrant Express
Traditional Chinese動感號
Simplified Chinese动感号

The 9 sets of 8-car trains is based on the Hexie ('Harmony') CRH380A high-speed EMU platform, maintaining security, reliability, economy, comfort and other technical features, and further enhancing the performance of collision, fire, electromagnetic compatibility.[5]

Technical features

  • Further improvement on collision and fire resistance as well as electromagnetic compatibility and other properties.
  • Improved low-resistance shape.
  • In order to solve the problem that the colouring paint between different materials of the car heads (aluminum and stainless steel for car body, whereas fiberglass for head-tip) peeling off easily by thermal expansion, an extra washer widen several millimetres is installed between 2 sections, comparing with the original design, to separate the sections of those materials for respective colouring. This makes the trains have 2 rings set up in the front, which is 1 more than that of the original design.
  • The optimization of the bogie design and improvement of the interior structure.
  • High-strength air tightness: to further enhance the airtight performance, the fully sealed pressurization of differential pressure control mode is adopted. The pressure change does not exceed 0.2-kilopascal [kPa] (0.029 psi) per second.
  • Improved bogie.
  • Noise control: Using a variety of new noise absorption materials and noise barrier technology, EMU speed of 350 km/h inside noise keep in 67–69 db level.
  • The axle load still maintained at a level of 15 tonnes (14.8 long tons; 16.5 short tons), under vehicle weight gained by enhancing traction power, structural quality and noise reduction level.
  • High-efficiency regenerative braking.
  • Ergonomic passenger interface.
  • Label text (including fleet number and seat class name) on car body is painted with MTR typefaces, including MTR Song (港鐵宋) for Chinese characters and Myriad MM for alphanumeric characters.


The trains will provide two classes of seats, Standard Class and First Class.[6]


The numbering system of the trains and the cars is according to that of China Railways CRH380A EMU in People's Republic of China.

Power Destination

  • M - Motor car
  • T - Trailer car
  • C - Driver cabin
  • P - Pantograph

Coach Type

  • ZY:First Class Seats Coach (一等座車, Pinyin: Yi Deng Zuo Che)
  • ZE:Standard Class Seats Coach / Second Class Seats Coach (二等座車, Pinyin: Er Deng Zuo Che)

Formation method

Compartment number 12345678
Coach Type First Class Standard Class Standard Class Standard Class First Class
Trainset number & Car number
ZY 025x01
ZE 025x02 ZE 025x03 ZE 025x04 ZE 025x05 ZE 025x06 ZE 025x07 CRH380A-025x
ZY 025x00
Power Configuration Tc M Mp M Mp M Tc
Power Units Power unit 1 Power unit 2 Power unit 3

As all of these trainsets will only run between Guangzhou South railway station and Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station, the trainset formation is different than the CRH380A EMU using in China currently. No Buffet cars is provided. In addition, neither business class coaches nor premier coaches are provided.


As of August 2017

Operator Quantity Trainset serial number Depot Lines serving Notes
MTR Corporation90251~0259Shek KongGuangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail LinkAll vehicles are test in progress and have been delivered to Hong Kong already.

MTR order information

Reference No. 840[7]
InformationUp to date
Title or ScopeExpress Rail Link: Rolling Stock
Anticipated Date of Prequalification InvitationCompleted
Anticipated Date of Prequalification Submission or Category of Work in Approved ListCompleted
Anticipated Date for Invitation to TenderCompleted
Anticipated Date of Contract AwardCompleted
Tendering ProcedureSelective
Covered by WTO GPA (Y/N)Y
Estimated Range of Cost / Awarded ValueM5
Total AmountHK$1,744,017,141

See also


  1. "High-speed trains named 'Vibrant Express'". The Standard. 23 March 2018.
  2. CE views XRL train delivered to Hong Kong
  3. 中南車拿下港高鐵列車承造合同 (in Chinese). Asia Times Chinese. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  4. 香港高鐵列車由中國南車中標 (in Chinese). 香港商業電台. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Category Archive for "News" | MBD Design". (in French). Retrieved 11 August 2017.
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