China Unveils Prototype Train With Max Speed of 373 Mph

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China’s leading train manufacturer has unveiled a prototype maglev train that will eventually carry passengers at speeds of up to 373 mph (600 km/h). CNN reports that the train, developed by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), will now enter a period of testing, before full production is expected to begin in 2021.

373 mph is fast, so fast that it could allow the train to transport passengers between Beijing and Shanghai in just three and a half hours, compared to the four and a half hours it currently takes a plane to make the journey, according to CRRC’s deputy chief engineer Ding Sansan. That’s in spite of the fact that the typical cruising speed of an aircraft is between 547 and 575 mph (880 and 926 km/h).

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Source: The Verge