China launches the world’s fastest bullet train

China on 21 September 2017 restored the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway line to 350km per hour, making it the fastest commercially run train, six years after it reduced the speed due to a fatal accident.

The speed was reduced to 300km per hour following the deadly accident in July 2011 that killed 40 people. A Fuxing bullet train departed Beijing south railway station at 9am for Shanghai. The speed hike will cut the 1,318km Beijing-Shanghai journey to 4 hours 28 minutes, cutting the train time by nearly an hour.

The China Railway Corp. which runs the train said last month that it will be the world’s fastest commercially-used bullet train. China started to run its first 350km per hour high speed train between Beijing and Tianjin in August 2008 and opened at least three more such high-speed lines nationwide in the following years.

The trains are entirely designed and manufactured in China, led by the China Railway Corporation. China holds complete intellectual property rights on the trains. China has the world’s longest high-speed rail network of over 22,000km, about 60% of the world’s total

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