Fri., December 3, 2010 8:15pm (EST)

Chinese Passenger Train Tops 300 MPH During Test Run
By Wright Bryan
Updated: 4 years ago

A Chinese passenger train hit a speed of302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) during a test run Friday on a route betweenBeijing and Shanghai that is expected to open in 2012.

China's Xinhua News Agency said it was a record for an unmodified, conventional commercial train.

China already has the world's longest high-speed rail network, and it plans to cover 8,125 miles (13,000 kilometers) by 2012 and 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) by 2020. Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.