China on saturday launched what it described as the world’s fastest train service covering a distance of speed of 350 km/h.
Developed with Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom, the new train swooshes across the red land at 245mph (394km/h). The service covers 663 miles (1,068 kilometers) at an average of 217mph (350km/h), which means it’s the fastest train in operation in the world according to China’s railways ministry. It’s part of the network of 42 high-speed lines that will be finished by 2012.
The new Chinese high-speed lines will increase their total network from 53,437 miles to 74,564 miles. That’s still smaller than the US railway system which, but ours only has one single “high-speed” line, bridging the 456 miles that separate Boston from Washington at a whooping 70mph average, totaling seven hours.
The new service is expected to act as a catalyst in the development of central China that includes backward areas like Xianning by linking it to the highly developed Pearl River Delhi, which is an industrial hub in south China.
Chinese railway authorities pointed out that 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. [TimeOfIndia]