Record breaking Chinese railways speed ahead.

By Mark Andrews

Vertu Select. 31/03/2011

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“Why have all the cars on the highway stopped?” I asked. Then the realisation hit – when you’re travelling at 350kmph everything appears to be stationary.

On 3 December last year, China thundered into the record books with its CRH380A train hitting 486.1kmph (302mph) – the fastest speed ever achieved for an operational conventional train. In doing so it shattered the previous record of 416.6kmph (259mph) set earlier in 2010 by the same train type on the Shanghai-Hangzhou line. And, in January the newly developed CRH380BL narrowly edged out the previous record when it reached 487kmph

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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