China's high-speed train sets new world record

16:30, December 03, 2010      

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A China-made new generation high-speed train CRH380A that will connect Beijing and Shanghai peaked at 486.1 kilometers per hour in a test on Nov. 3, setting a new world record for high-speed train.

The old record was also made by China. The Shanghai-Hanzhou high-speed train ran at 416.6 kilometers per hour in a trial operation on Sept. 28, which is faster than any other high-speed train in operation tests in the world.

The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail 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 1,318 kilometers from Beijing South Rail Station to Hongqiao in Shanghai.

It also can boast No. 1 status in the world in terms of the length installed, the technological standard and the operation speed.

The train used in the test on Nov. 3, which is named Harmony, is the new generation high-speed train made by China. It leads the world technically in many aspects. So it is the fastest and most technologically advanced high-speed train in the world. The track-laying has been completed for Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail on Nov. 15.

It was the same train that had made a world record in the Shanghai-Hangzhou railway in a trial operation on Sept. 28 with 416.6 kilometers per hour.

The new record of 486.1 kilometers per hour marks a significant new achievement in the Beijing-Shanghai rail construction, a new milestone in China's high-speed train innovation and an important sign of the rapid development of China's high-speed train and of China's leading role in the world's high-speed train development, according to the national Xinhua News Agency.

So far the high-speed railway track in operation in China has reached a length of 7,531 kilometers, the longest in the world. The country holds many world 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.

By Li Jia, People’s Daily Online


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