Supersonic train

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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

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