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Chinese Set Rail Speed Record

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A Chinese passenger train smashed World speed records after hurtling at speeds of over 300 miles per hour.

The speed record was set during a test run of the yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Reaching 302 miles an hour (486 kilometers per hour) the train clocked up the fastest recorded speed by an unmodified conventional commercial train.

The new line is due to open in 2012 and will halve the current travel time between the capital Beijing and Shanghai to five hours.

The project costs $32.5 billion and is part of a massive government effort to link many of China's cities by high-speed rail and also reduce overcrowding on heavily used lines.

The drive to develop high-speed rail technology rivals China's space program in terms of national pride and importance.

It’s a catch-22 for planners and lefties in the United States. When you spend most of your attention on what’s wrong with the country, national pride isn’t much of a motivator.