Chinese Bullet Train Sets New Speed Record

A commuter train between Shanghai and Hangzhou set a new speed record yesterday. It reached 258.86 MPH during its journey:

"The new record of 416.6 km per hour shows that China has achieved a new milestone in high-speed train technologies," Zhang Shuguang, deputy chief engineer of the Ministry of Railways, was quoted as saying.


The rail service has been largely unsuccessful in attracting customers due to high ticket prices. Its managers hope that this new record will counteract that problem.

Link via Popular Science | Photo (unrelated) via Flickr user occam used under Creative Commons license

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The fastest wheeled train in the world is still the French "TGV", with a speed of 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_speed_record_for_railed_vehicles
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