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China unveils new high speed train

China today unveiled its super-rapid train that is capable of travelling up to 300 miles an hour – some 100mph faster than the vehicle that is currently record-holder.

China’s train, which is made from plastic materials that are reinforced with carbon fibre, resembles an ancient Chinese sword while providing useful reference for high-speed railway operations, as alleged by train expert Shen Zhiyun. At the start of the year, the Chinese unveiled their fastest operational locomotive able to cover the near-825-mile trip from Beijing to Shanghai in five hours. The vehicle is capable of reaching record-breaking speeds of 200mph while maintaining 165mph on average.

This latest test model contains a max-tractive power of almost 23,000 kilowatts, far more than the 9,600 kilowatts that the Beijing/Shanghai CRH380 vehicles have. Despite these impressive stastistics,  future Chinese trains won’t necessarily run at matching high speeds, as suggested by CSR chairman Mr Zhao Xiaogang who said that his native country aims to guarantee the safety of all rail operations within its confines. As the world’s most populated country and one of the largest it terms of area, China plays host to the planet’s largest bullet-train track network, with a whopping 8,000 miles of track soon to be matched by a further 8,000 by 2015.

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