High speed rail in china
In 2004 the Shanghai Maglev Train, an airport link service opened in 2004 which travels 19 miles in 7 minutes and 20 seconds, averaging 152.5 mph and reaching a top speed of 268 mph. Note China is the first and only country to have commercial high speed train service on conventional rail lines that can reach 217 mph.
In 2005 the world's last regular revenue mainline steam train finished its journey on the Jitong railway in China, marking the end of the steam era. Nevertheless, there is still some steam locomotives used on the industrial railways in China.
In 2008 the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway, an intercity express line opened in 2008, that shortened the 73 mile commute between the two largest cities in North China to 30 minutes. Trains reach a top speed of 210 mph and average 145 mph for each trip.
In 2009 the Wuhan-Guangzhou High speed Rail, a passenger-dedicated truck line opened in 2009 that reduced the 601 mile journey between the largest cities in central and southern China to 3 hours. Trains reach top speed of 220 mph and average 190 mph for the entire trip.
In 2010 the 16-car bullet train, designed and built by CSR Sifang Locomotive and Rolling co. Ltd, hit a world record of 302 miles per hour during a trial run of a new track running between Beijing and Shanghai. China already has the world’s longest high-speed network now and plans to add an extra 8,125 miles by 2012 and 10,000 miles by 2020.
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