Unless someone comes up with a supersonic train it looks as though China will lead the way when it comes to continuous speed for a commercial train.
Now it is up to 486 kilometers per hour and that was carried out on the track that connects Beijing and Shanghai which will soon be in operation.
This is the fastest commercial train ever built in China. Note, however, that the French TGV train reached 574 kph in trials done in 2007. And in 2003 the Japanese Shinkansen express ran at 581 kph.
But the new train will run regularly from Beijing and Shanghai in about two hours and a half, which will mean the end of short-haul air travel in this sector.
CoffeToday reports that the idea is eventually to link all major cities with high-speed express trains.