Friday, April 07, 2006

Japan unveils the fastest train in the world

East Japan Railways showed reporters the prototype of its next-generation bullet train.

If the new train hits its planned operating speed of 224 miles per hour, it will be the world's fastest train—in terms of normal operating speed.

Currently, France's TGV ordinarily runs at a slower speed (186 mph) but will still be the record-holder when it comes to flat-out top speed (320 mph). It's not known whether Japan Railways will try to top that record.

To the list of the Top 10 announcements you don't want to hear on the bullet train, add: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to try to break the current world record for train speed."

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