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Malaysia build a third world train with first world cost. KTM dual track train maximum speed is 150km/h. The cost will be escalated to skyhigh if the track is not laid on the old track unless China build a total new track.

China train breaks speed record

A China Railway High-Speed (CRH) train enters Bengbu south railway station, a stop in Anhui province on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line

Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 486 kmph Friday during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai, state media said.

A China Railway High-Speed (CRH) train enters Bengbu south railway station, a stop in Anhui province on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line

The Xinhua News Agency said it was the fastest speed recorded by an unmodified conventional commercial train.

Other types of trains in other countries have traveled faster.

A specially modified French TGV train reached 574.8 kmph during a 2007 test, while a Japanese magnetically levitated train sped to 581 kmph in 2003.

State television footage showed the sleek white train whipping past green farm fields in eastern China.

It reached the top speed on a segment of the 1,318 km -long line between Zaozhuang city in Shandong province and Bengbu city in Anhui province, Xinhua said.

The line is due to open in 2012 and will halve the current travel time between the capital Beijing and Shanghai to five hours.

The project costs U$32.5 billion (RM102.2 billion) and is part of a massive government effort to link many of China’s cities by high-speed rail and reduce overcrowding on heavily used lines.

China already has the world’s longest high-speed rail network, and it plans to cover 13,000 km by 2012 and 16,000 km by 2020.

The drive to develop high-speed rail technology rivals China’s space program in terms of national pride and importance.

Railway officials say they want to reach speeds over 500 kph.
Source: AP

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