ENGINEERS are working on a new high-speed train that could reach top speeds of 4,000km/h (2,485mph) – that’s three times the speed of sound!
The so-called ‘flying train’ is actually a pod that takes passengers between cities through a giant vacuum tube. It would be ten times faster than the world’s fastest bullet train, which is also in China and can reach a top speed of 400km/h (250mph).
We are still a long way off seeing these supersonic pods in action, though. The first step for the China Aerospace Science And Industry Corporation (CASIC) is to get the train to speeds of 1,000km/h (620mph).
If it all goes according to plan, the train would be about five times faster than commercial jet planes.
The ‘flying train’ in its tube