World’s fastest train debuts with speeds reportedly up to 373 miles per hour


Train uses electromagnetic force to travel at lightning speed.

China launched the world’s fastest train at 373 mph.

A 5.5-hour train ride might not sound too bad, but the world’s fastest train may be able to get you there in three hours, hitting a top speed of over 300 mph. It feels even better.

On Tuesday, China launched a magnetic levitation (maglev) train capable of a top speed of 600 kilometers per hour, which is about 373 mph, according to a Reuters report citing state media. The train will also reportedly not be as fast or require maintenance like other trains.

Maglev allows the train to float while traveling without touching the rail. Currently, China has only one maglev line extending from Shanghai airport to the city which was launched in 2002. Since then, China has conducted nearly two decades of research. According to Reuters, other countries including Japan and Germany are researching the maglev.

The train was reportedly developed by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation. CRRC could not be immediately reached for comment.

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