China to launch new 400 km/hr trains | Traveller


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China owns the world record for the world's fastest high-speed trains. Previously, China's high-speed trains traveled at an average of 350 km/hr. Next month, a new generation of Chinese high-speed trains will traverse the Beijing-Shanghai route at a top speed of 400 km/hr.

You may wonder: Doesn't France's TGV own the world high-speed train record? The answer is clearly no. The French TGV speed stunt was accomplished by stripping out all commercial seats, using custom-designed wheels and suspension system for a one-run stunt, and reducing the number of train cars from 10 to 4. Also, I think the French might have installed a second engine to help provide more power.

China's high-speed train record is accomplished through legitimate commercial service, without any ridiculous tricks like the French TGV. The French also cheated by modifying the train tracks for the special speed run. Finally, the French TGV record was a silly speed stunt that occurred only on a tiny straight portion of the train tracks.

World's fastest trains: China to launch new, 400 km/h trains on Beijing to Shanghai route | Traveller

"New generation trains will service the route starting next month, making the 1250-kilometre journey from the capital to Shanghai in just 4 hours, 30 minutes.

The latest trains were unveiled in June and have a top speed of 400 kilometres per hour, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.


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