China’s High Speed Rail Setting New Record

By Arnab Ghosh, Gaea News Network
Saturday, December 4, 2010

BEIJING, CHINA ( In a recent development that is being called as a major technological breakthrough in transport sector, a state of the art high-speed train named CRH380 in China set new speed record Friday. It became the fastest ever commercial train and reached a peak speed of 302 miles per hour. The trial run was conducted between Chinese capital Beijing and Shanghai, the financial center. With this China made its place secured in the international transport road map of trains which was hitherto dominated by countries like Japan and France. The train can reach a maximum speed of 380 km/h and also sustain a speed of 350 km/h. It was tested on the country’s Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed rail link.

The high speed train is also called Harmony. China’s Ministry of Railways hailed the event as a step in the right direction and added China will now join the countries that have advanced and technologically superior high-speed rail network. It has been reported that the locomotive developed by China reached its peak speed in less than half an hour and performed perfectly in the trial run without a glitch. The journey time between these two cities will be less than 4 hours, the company has revealed. The current transport system takes more than twice that time.

China’s high speed rail network will start operating almost a year ahead of its schedule. The country has reportedly spent a whopping $313.5 billion to set up the most technologically advanced and extensive railway system of the world by 2020. The high speed line is likely to serve 80 million passengers per year.

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