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article imageChina Launches World's Fastest Train with Speed of 350 KPH

By Leo Reyes     Dec 26, 2009 in Technology
China launched a new rail service that reduces travel time from Guangzou in nearby Hong Kong to Beijing by more than seven hours. The train runs at 350 kilometers per hour, setting travel time from Guangzou to Beijing to only three hours
A high-speed rail transport service project - that began in 2005 aimed at linking Guanghzou in nearby Hong Kong to Beijing in mainland China - is now operational.
Test run service for the world's fastest train started early December and ended when the first scheduled trip left the eastern metropolis of Wuhan Saturday.
The super-high-speed train reduces the 1,069 kilometer journey to a three-hour ride and cuts the previous journey time by more than seven and a half hours, the official Xinhua news agency said.
By comparison, the average for high-speed trains in Japan was 243 kilometres per hour while in France it was 277 kilometers per hour, said Xu Fangliang, general engineer in charge of designing the link, according to Xinhua.
The new train service is part of the ambitious plan of China to increase its national rail network from the present 86,000 kilometers to 120,000 kilometers.
The network uses technology developed in co-operation with foreign firms such as Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom.
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