China’s first high-speed rail train has left the starting line.
The Zhengdong-Noi express rolled into the Wenzhou Railway Station Tuesday morning after a six-hour journey between the southwestern city of Chengdu and the eastern city of Wenzhou, officials said.
The 520-meter (1,880-foot) track goes so fast that it cannot fit in the normal elevated gauge, so the new train travels in tunnels instead. The 570-meter (1,836-foot) train is capable of speeds up to 310 kilometers (190 miles) per hour.
While the velocity isn’t yet equal to trains in Europe and Japan, which average speeds of 300 kilometers (186 miles) per hour, it has a top speed of 620 kph (385 mph), as defined by the International Organization for Standardization.
China invested billions of dollars to build its bullet trains and has set a goal of building high-speed rail networks that can connect every region in the country by 2030. However, many of the inter-city services and high-speed trains do not meet international standards.
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