New Chinese Train Travels 310 MPH

| by Michael Allen

China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend which is capable of travelling 310 miles per hour, the official Xinhua news agency (owned by the government) reported on Monday.

The train, made by a subsidiary of CSR Corp Ltd, China’s largest train maker, is designed to resemble an ancient Chinese sword.

It “will provide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations,” train expert Shen Zhiyun as said.

Future Chinese trains will not necessarily run at such high speeds, CSR chairman Zhao Xiaogang told the Beijing Morning News: “We aim to ensure the safety of (the) trains' operation."

There was a collision between two high-speed trains in July which killed at least 40 people in China. Construction of new high-speed trains in China has since been a near halt.