Fri, December 03, 2010
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Chinese train breaks speed record in trial use

2010-12-03 09:53:38 GMT2010-12-03 17:53:38 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A train of China Railway High-Speed (CRH) is ready for a test running at a railway station in Xuzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Dec. 3, 2010. In September, the China-made CRH380A train hit a speed of 416.6 kilometers per hour on a test run to set a new world train speed record. It is expected to exceed the record at this test running, which will be held at a section of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed railway. (Xinhua/Chen Shugen)

The train CRH380A of China Railway High-Speed (CRH) enters Bengbu south railway station, a stop in Anhui Province on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, Dec. 3, 2010. China's high-speed train CRH380A hit a maximum speed of 486.1 kilometers per hour on Friday during its trial service, which broke a world operation speed record. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

The train CRH380A of China Railway High-Speed (CRH) enters Bengbu south railway station, a stop in Anhui Province on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, Dec. 3, 2010. China's high-speed train CRH380A hit a maximum speed of 486.1 kilometers per hour on Friday during its trial service, which broke a world operation speed record. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

The train CRH380A of China Railway High-Speed (CRH) arrives at the Bengbu south railway station, a stop in Anhui Province on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, Dec. 3, 2010. China's high-speed train CRH380A hit a maximum speed of 486.1 kilometers per hour on Friday during its trial service, which broke a world operation speed record. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

The driver operates the train CRH380A of China Railway High-Speed (CRH), which runs between the north China's Zaozhuang city and Bengbu in the south, a segment of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, Dec. 3, 2010. China's high-speed train CRH380A hit a maximum speed of 486.1 kilometers per hour on Friday during its trial service, which broke a world operation speed record. (Xinhua/Chen Shugen)

Reporters take photos in the train CRH380A of China Railway High-Speed (CRH), which runs between the north China's Zaozhuang city and Bengbu in the south, a segment of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, Dec. 3, 2010. China's high-speed train CRH380A hit a maximum speed of 486.1 kilometers per hour on Friday during its trial service, which broke a world operation speed record. (Xinhua/Chen Shugen)

Technicians applaud in the train CRH380A of China Railway High-Speed (CRH), which runs between the north China's Zaozhuang city and Bengbu in the south, a segment of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, Dec. 3, 2010. China's high-speed train CRH380A hit a maximum speed of 486.1 kilometers per hour on Friday during its trial service, which broke a world operation speed record. (Xinhua/Chen Shugen)

XUZHOU, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- One of China's high-speed trains broke the world record for unmodified commercial use on Friday during trial service, the Ministry of Railways said.

The train CRH380A hit a speed of 486.1 kms per hour on the tracks between Zaozhuang City of Shandong Province and Bengbu City in eastern Anhui Province, which form a segment of the world's longest high-speed rail line linking Beijing and Shanghai.

The train's previous speed record was 416.6 kms per hour set on Sep. 28 during its run between Shanghai and Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province.

"It not only marks a milestone in the construction of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, but also is a major achievement of China's technology innovation," said Wang Yongping, spokesman of the Ministry of Railways (MOR).

It shows China leads the world in high-speed railway development, he said.

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