Chinese train breaks speed record in trial use

Updated: 2010-12-03 13:46
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XUZHOU, Jiangsu - One of China's high-speed trains broke the world record for unmodified commercial use on Friday during trial service, the Ministry of Railways said.

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The train CRH380A hit a speed of 486.1 kms per hour on the tracks between Zaozhuang city of Shandong province and Bengbu city in eastern Anhui province, which form a segment of the world's longest high-speed rail line linking Beijing and Shanghai.

The train's previous speed record was 416.6 kms per hour set on Sept 28 during its run between Shanghai and Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang province.

"It not only marks a milestone in the construction of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, but also is a major achievement of China's technology innovation," said Wang Yongping, spokesman of the Ministry of Railways (MOR).

It shows China leads the world in high-speed railway development, he said.