In October, Inhabitat brought you news about China claiming to have broken the speed record for locally produced trains with one of their scheduled service trains reaching an impressive 262 mph. Now, they’ve not only gone and beat that speed, but decimated it by an extra 40 mph. That’s right, one of China’s high-speed rail trains has reached an astounding 302 mph.
The news was broken by Chinese news service Xinhua, who said that the speed record had been broken by an ‘unmodified’ Chinese commercial train. The train reached the high speed on a new 824-mile (1,318-kilometer) line that is being tested by the country’s rail services. It runs between Beijing and Shanghai and, if the trains continue to travel at such speeds, will cut down travel times to approximately five hours. It also shattered the previous Chinese speed record that was broken on the Shanghai-Hangzhou connection.
It is still not the fastest speed travelled by a train – that record is held by a specially modified French TGV train which reached 357.2 mph (574.8 kph) in 2007. And it’s also important to mention that a Japanese magnetically levitated train reached an impressive 361 mph (581 kph) in 2003.
The $32.5 billion rail line is scheduled to open in 2012 and is expected to transform China’s rail industry.
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