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"BEIJING – 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.

[Rewind: Amtrack reveals vision for high speed rail]

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.

[Related: Tense fight over U.S. high speed rail]

China 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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That's impessive! :thumbsup:


Asia and Europe can stick with their trains, from what I've read despite seeming more efficient trains are rarely able to be profitable or even break even in the long run.
 

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I would rather have long stretches of unrestricted highway for my Vette then be stuck on a train with a bunch of people.
 

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I would rather have long stretches of unrestricted highway for my Vette then be stuck on a train with a bunch of people.
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I used to ride the train into NYC every day. Nothing more boring than being dead tired and having nothing better to look at for an hour than the back of someone's head.
 

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Yeah, Help Make China Rich and Powerful
and put your fellow American out of a Job at the same time

SHop At Walmart, Homedepot and Harbor freight :thumbsup:

It's nice to see patriotism, especially in Government is Alive and well in America

America will be sorry in the end (Broke like it is now)lol

And your Government will wait till its too late to try and fix it.:nuts:
 
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