20 DECEMBER 2010
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A Chinese-made new generation high-speed train planned to connect Beijing and Shanghai peaked at 300 mph in a test on 3 November, setting a new world record for a passenger express.
The old figure was also made by China. Earlier this year the Shanghai – Hanzhou high-speed train ran at 260 mph which is faster than any other high-speed train in operational tests globally.
The Beijing – Shanghai line goes through seven provinces and municipalities between the two cities and connects the Bohai Ring and Pearl River Delta, two major engines for China's economy. With 24 stations, it runs for 820 miles from Beijing South Rail Station to Hongqiao in Shanghai. Current travel time is 13hrs +.
So far the high-speed railway track in operation in China has reached a length of 4,700 miles, the longest in the world. The country holds many records in high-speed railway, including the most comprehensive technologies, the highest integration capability, the longest operation distance, the top speed and the biggest projects under construction. www.cnvol.com
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