China passenger train hits 300 mph, breaks record

Dec 03, 2010 By ANITA CHANG , Associated Press
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a China Railway High-Speed (CRH) train enters Bengbu south railway station, a stop in Anhui province on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, on Friday Dec. 3, 2010. The Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) Friday during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai, state media said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Junxi) NO SALES

(AP) -- A Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) Friday during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai, state media said.

The Xinhua News Agency said it was the fastest speed recorded by an unmodified conventional commercial train. Other types of trains in other countries have traveled faster.

A specially modified French TGV train reached 357.2 mph (574.8 kph) during a 2007 test, while a Japanese magnetically levitated train sped to 361 mph (581 kph) in 2003.

State television footage showed the sleek white train whipping past green farm fields in eastern China. It reached the top speed on a segment of the 824-mile (1,318-kilometer) -long line between Zaozhuang city in Shandong province and Bengbu city in Anhui province, Xinhua said.

The line is due to open in 2012 and will halve the current travel time between the capital Beijing and Shanghai to five hours.

The project costs $32.5 billion and is part of a massive government effort to link many of China's cities by high-speed rail and reduce overcrowding on heavily used lines.

already has the world's longest high-speed rail network, and it plans to cover 8,125 miles (13,000 kilometers) by 2012 and 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) by 2020.

The drive to develop high-speed rail technology rivals China's space program in terms of national pride and importance. Railway officials say they want to reach speeds over 500 kph (312 mph).

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Ratfish
5 / 5 (1) Dec 03, 2010
I'll wait for the Japanese version, thank you.
CouchP
not rated yet Dec 03, 2010
You will wait for the Japanese version before what? Planning on buying a high speed train or waiting till then to travel to.....CHINA?
Ratfish
5 / 5 (1) Dec 03, 2010
You will wait for the Japanese version before what? Planning on buying a high speed train or waiting till then to travel to.....CHINA?


I don't trust Chinese manufacturing standards enough to drink from a glass that has their heavy metal (not Metallica-themed) enamels, drive one of their cars, or set foot on one of their high speed trains anywhere on Earth.
Skepticus
not rated yet Dec 03, 2010
You will wait for the Japanese version before what? Planning on buying a high speed train or waiting till then to travel to.....CHINA?


I don't trust Chinese manufacturing standards enough to drink from a glass that has their heavy metal (not Metallica-themed) enamels, drive one of their cars, or set foot on one of their high speed trains anywhere on Earth.


yeah, right. Perfectly comfortable using anything else that are imported from China....or are you are billionare with spare time, commenting on this on a Mac?
robvoodoo
not rated yet Dec 03, 2010
iphones use Chinese made parts too...
Raveon
5 / 5 (2) Dec 03, 2010
Amazing, we paid for it but they have it. Only we would be stupid enough to give them all our money. The unfettered free market at work again for our benefit. All the idiots who buy Chinese products are paying for this and half our taxes go to them too.
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Dec 04, 2010
Amazing, we paid for it but they have it.
Who is "we"?
Raveon
not rated yet Dec 05, 2010
The US. By buying their crappy products that fill the shelves of all our stores and our landfills. And paying them interest on the national debt we owe them.
Jimee
not rated yet Dec 05, 2010
The Chamber of Commerce, corporate robber barons, and Walmart have made sure that little of value is made in the US by adopting a policy that places corporate profits above America.
Jeffrey_Meyer
1 / 5 (1) Dec 06, 2010
Hey, that technologie and know-how comes from everywhere but china. You could say it's an import product...