High-speed Chinese train kicks French, Japanese butt • The Register

The Harmony has a top speed of 394kph (245mph), and during its inaugural run it averaged 350kph (217mph), well faster than the 300kph (186mph) “maximum service speed” of France’s TGV and Japan’s Shinkansen, aka Bullet Train.

By contrast, the FT points out that it takes the US’s Amtrak Acela Express three and a half hours to traverse the 300km from Boston to New York City – although that train has hit 217kph (135mph) in time trials.

Considering that we can’t have anything on our lap on a plane anymore (thanks a lot, Umar Abdulmutallab; quick, somebody nominate him for the Darwin Awards), train travel become ever-more attractive. Especially with this new Chinese line in action.

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