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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

China launches world's fastest train

China has launched what it claims to be the world's fastest train that can travel more than 390 kilometres per hour.

It embarked on its maiden 621 mile journey from the central city of Wuhan to the southern city of Guangzhou.

Traveling at an average speed of 218 miles-an-hour, it can travel up to 245 miles-an-hour, cutting the journey time from the original 9 hours to about 3 hours, the state media said.

The Wuhan-Guangzhou railway is the fastest and longest high-speed railway in China, costing 100 billion yuan ($14.6 billion USA). It has taken four years of construction to complete it, China's official news agency Xinhua has said.