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China opened 1400 mile bullet train in 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:53 AM

Posted by Gary Lanman

The world’s longest bullet train is now (2017) open for business in China to take passengers from Shanghai to Kunming.  That is covering 5 provinces which is over 1400 miles in 10.5 hours.  There goes the argument that we can’t build high-speed trains in the us because of the long distances compared to Europe.  The distance from Kansas City to Boston is 1450 miles. Can you imagine doing that in 10.5 hours?

As of mid January, the schedule from Shanghai includes four frequencies at 7:22, 8:55, 9:28 and 11:15.  The return trip from Kunming has trains leaving at 7:44, 8:25, 10:04 and 10:47. The average speed is 133 miles per hour including the 4 station stops along the way.

Thanks to the and The Hindu.