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August 29, 2017 Weird & Wacky No Comments Email Email

CHINA’s about to crank up the top speed of its bullet trains between Beijing and Shanghai to 400 kilometres per hour, with that and an average speed for the 1,318km journey of 350kph, making them the fastest trains in the world.

The high speed line was opened ten years ago with trains having a maximum speed of 350kph, but in 2011 two of the trains collided on a viaduct while travelling at a relatively slow 99kph each, killing 43 passengers and injuring scores of others.

The accident was blamed on a signalling system fault, not the trains or their crews, but the Chinese government nevertheless ordered that trains no longer travel at more than 300kph.

This, however, has now been rescinded and seven pairs of new-model bullet trains named Fuxings – it meansrejuvenation in Chinese – will make fourteen return trips a day between Beijing and Shanghai from September 21, with top speeds of 400kph. The trains are fitted with monitoring systems that will automatically slow them in the event of train or track emergencies.

China has the world’s longest railway network with something like 60 per cent of the  global total, and 22,000 kilometres of its lines are designated as high-speed with the government intending to expand this to 30,000 kilometres by 2020.

The Beijing-Shanghai route is one of the busiest of these lines, carrying an extraordinary 600-million passengers a year.

And with its bullet trains now faster than those of the world’s previous leaders Japan, Germany and France, China is pushing to have its train-building industry recognised as the world’s Number One.

FASTER than…. China’s new Fuxing bullet train is now officially the fastest train in the world, and from September 21 this year will cover the 1,318km journey from Beijing to Shanghai at speeds up to 400kph, and an average 350kph. (Pic: China Railway)

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