China Passenger Train Breaks Record at 300 MPH

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A Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour Friday during a test run of the unopened link between Beijing and Shanghai. It was the fastest speed recorded by an unmodified conventional commercial train.

The line is expected to open in 2012 and will shorten the travel time between Beijing and Shanghai to five hours, half of the current time.

The project costs $32.5 billion and is part of the Chinese government efforts to connect its cities by high-speed rail and reduce train overcrowding.

 

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