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Chinese train breaks speed record

China set a new world record for the fastest unmodified passenger train speed of 302mph.

Updated: Dec 03, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

Beijing: China Friday claimed that one of its high-speed trains broke the world record for unmodified commercial use during trial service.
The train hit a speed of 486.1 km 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, China Daily reported.

The train`s previous speed record was 416.6 km per hour set 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.