As high speed rail flounders in this country, China’s state news agency Xinhua News reports that test runs of a train connecting Zaozhuang City of Shandong Province and Bengbu City in eastern Anhui Province reached speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour (480 kilometers per hour). The tracks on which the train was traveling form part of the Beijing to Shanghai line. While it has not yet opened for service, the test exemplifies China’s commitment to high speed rail.
Officially clocked at 486.1 kilometers per hour (302mph), the record smashed the previous high speed mark for a passenger train, also held by China. Last year we wrote about China’s long distance Harmony Express. China has rapidly developed and advanced their high speed rail system. According to the story, the first high speed train (linking the capital and the port city of Tianjin) started running at the onset of the 2008 Olympics.