Saturday, December 26, 2009

World's Fastest Train Link from China

I admire China for its innovation to spur economic growth amid the global downturn. They have just unveiled the longest high-speed train link between Wuhan and Guangzhou, which runs at an average speed of 350 kilometers (217 miles) an hour. The super-high-speed train reduces the 1,069 kilometer journey to a three-hour ride and cuts the previous journey time by more than seven and a half hours, the official Xinhua news agency said.

By comparison, the average for high-speed trains inJapan was 243 kilometres per hour while in France it was 277 kilometers per hour, said Xu Fangliang, general engineer in charge of designing the link, according to Xinhua.

Beijing has an ambitious rail development program aimed at increasing the national network from the current 86,000 kilometers to 120,000 kilometers, making it the most extensive rail system outside the United States.

China unveiled its first high-speed line at the time of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 – a service linking the capital with the port city of Tianjin.

The network uses technology developed in co-operation with foreign firms such as Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom.

Get to know more about this overhaul by reading here and here.


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