218 mph Shanghai-Hangzhou line opens with new world record for “normal” train

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In China the new 125-mile-long Shanghai-Hangzhou line dedicated passenger high speed line opened Oct. 26, only 20 months after construction began. The line is operated by Zefiro and features trains operating at up to 218 mph. During trials a CRH380A Bombardier Zefiro train achieved a speed of 258 mph on Sept. 28. Bombardier and Chinese Railways have claimed this as a new world record for a normal train set; pointing out that the TGV train set which reached 356 mph in France in 2007 had been specially modified for the record attempt (as had previous TGVs involved in speed records).

In China the new 125-mile-long Shanghai-Hangzhou line dedicated passenger high speed line opened Oct. 26, only 20 months after construction began. The line is operated by Zefiro and features trains operating at up to 218 mph. During trials a CRH380A Bombardier Zefiro train achieved a speed of 258 mph on Sept. 28. Bombardier and Chinese Railways have claimed this as a new world record for a normal train set; pointing out that the TGV train set which reached 356 mph in France in 2007 had been specially modified for the record attempt (as had previous TGVs involved in speed records).

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