China's Newest Train Goes More Than 100 mph Faster Than Acela

China's Newest Train Goes More Than 100 mph Faster Than Acela

China's Newest Train Goes More Than 100 mph Faster Than Acela

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Sept. 28 2010 11:18 AM

China's Newest Train Goes More Than 100 mph Faster Than Acela


A Chinese CRH380A train, making a test run today on the new Shanghai-Hangzhou railway, reached a

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, or 258.8 mph. In the

, that was a world record—and not a bad one: the fastest top speed by an unmodified commercial train running on wheels. (The fastest commercial train without wheels is the Shanghai maglev, which hit 311 mph on a test run.)

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In normal service on the Shanghai-Hangzhou line, China Daily reported, the train is supposed to run at a top speed of 350 kph, or 217 mph. Including acceleration and deceleration time, the 125-mile trip is scheduled to take less than 40 minutes.


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The newest and fastest trains in the United States, which are used in Amtrak's 10-year-old Acela Express service, have a top speed of 150 mph. At

, the timetable lists them as making the 120-mile trip from Trenton to Baltimore in 1 hour and 35 minutes.