China pas­sen­ger train hits record speed of 300 miles per hour

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

BEI­JING: A Chi­nese pas­sen­ger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour (486 kilo­me­ters per hour) Fri­day dur­ing a test run of a yet-to-be opened link be­tween Bei­jing and Shang­hai, state me­dia said.

The Xin­hua News Agency said it was the fastest speed recorded by an un­mod­i­fied con­ven­tional com­mer­cial train. Other types of trains in other coun­tries have trav­eled faster. A spe­cially mod­i­fied French TGV train reached 357.2 mph (574.8 kph) dur­ing a 2007 test, while a Ja­panese mag­net­i­cally lev­i­tated train sped to 361 mph (581 kph) in 2003.

State tele­vi­sion footage showed the sleek white train whip­ping past green farm fields in east­ern China. It reached the top speed on a seg­ment of the 824-mile (1,318kilo­me­ter) -long line be­tween Zaozhuang city in Shan­dong prov­ince and Bengbu city in An­hui prov­ince, Xin­hua said.

The line is due to open in 2012 and will halve the cur­rent travel time be­tween the cap­i­tal Bei­jing and Shang­hai to five hours.

The project costs $32.5 bil­lion and is part of a mas­sive govern­ment ef­fort to link many of China's cities by high­speed rail and re­duce over­crowd­ing on heav­ily used lines.

China al­ready has the world's long­est high-speed rail net­work, and it plans to cover 8,125 miles (13,000 kilo­me­ters) by 2012 and 10,000 miles (16,000 kilo­me­ters) by 2020.

The drive to de­velop high­speed rail technology ri­vals China's space pro­gram in terms of na­tional pride and im­por­tance. Rail­way of­fi­cials say they want to reach speeds over 500 kph (312 mph). -Ap

KIEV: A woman stands with her be­long­ings as po­lice­men sur­round tents set up by ob­jec­tors for a non-stop sit-in dur­ing a demon­stra­tion against pro­posed tax changes, on In­de­pen­dence Square in Kiev, on Fri­day. -Afp

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