Along with the most extensive high speed rail network, China also has the world’s fastest train, which rolled off production lines last week. The 380A built by Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd, can go up to 380 kph (236 mph), which is a slight decrease from previous claims, but still very fast. This new line of high speed trains will run on the railway between Beijing and Shanghai when it is completed in 2011.
China’s Ministry of Railways signed a contract back in March to purchase 100 of these new high speed trains built by Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China CNR Corp, one of the two big train makers. China also has the independent intellectual property rights of the trains.
As soon as the railway between Beijing and Shanghai is complete, the trains will start running on them, cutting the trip between the two major cities (1302 km at 350 kph) down to around 4 hours.
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