China Runs World's Fastest Train
Sunday, 27 December 2009

China pressed into operation the world's fastest passenger train on Saturday, which covered a 10 and half hours journey in three hours at 350-km per hour.

According to Xinhua news agency, the passenger trains – one rolled out from the Wuhan Railway Station and the other from Guangzhou North Railway Station at about 9 a.m. and reached each others' terminal at the speed.

The service between Wuhan, a metropolis in central China, and Guangzhou City, a business hub in the southern Guangdong Province, was put into trial operation on Dec 9, reaching a maximum speed of 394.2 km per hour.

A 600-member delegation from Xianning City boarded the train at10 a.m. at Xianning North Station to promote tourism and attract investment in Guangzhou. Nearly two hours later, they had to take off winter coats on arrival of Guangzhou where the temperature was about 20 degrees Celsius at noon.

In 2004, China hailed the completion of the rail line from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, both in Guangdong Province, with a speed of160 km per hour.

Now the speed more than doubled within five years, said Xu Fangliang, general engineer in charge of designing the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed line.

The average speed of the high-speed railways is 243 km per hour in Japan, 232 km per hour in Germany and 277 km per hour in France, he said.


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