This might’ve been overlooked during the Christmas / CES / Google v. China period but China launched the world’s fastest passenger train, the Harmony Express, at the end of December.
The trains go 1069 km (664 miles) from Guangzhou to Wuhan in around three hours with a top speed of 394 km/h (that’s 245 mph). For the purposes of comparison, Japan’s Shinkansen train manages 300 km/h (186 mph) and France’s TGV 279 km/h (173 mph). The Acela Express in the USA reaches just 240 km/h (150 mph).
China is in the middle of an ambitious railway building programme with the aim of increasing the network from 86 000 km to 120 000 km. This particular link cost US$17bn and took only four years to build. The eventual plan is to link Beijing in the North with Guangzhou in the South and close to Hong Kong with a 2,000 km high-speed line.
For all the gricers out there, you’ve a new one to spot.
There are some photos at the Daily Mail.