A train of China Railway High-Speed (CRH) is ready for a test running at a railway station in Xuzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Dec. 3, 2010. In September, the China-made CRH380A train hit a speed of 416.6 kilometers per hour on a test run to set a new world train speed record. It is expected to exceed the record at this test running, which will be held at a section of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed railway. (Xinhua/Chen Shugen)
XUZHOU, Jiangsu, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- One of China's high-speed trains broke the world record for unmodified commercial use on Friday during trial service, the Ministry of Railways (MOR) said.
The sleek white train CRH380A hit a speed of 486.1 kilometers per hour on the tracks between Zaozhuang City of Shandong Province and Bengbu City in eastern Anhui Province, which form a segment of the yet-to-be opened high-speed rail line linking Beijing and Shanghai.
The speed it traveled was as fast as a jet plane at low-speed cruising.
The train's previous speed record was 416.6 km/h set on Sep. 28 during its run between Shanghai and Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province.
"It not only marks a milestone in the construction of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, but also is a major achievement of China's high-speed train technology innovation," said Wang Yongping, spokesman for the MOR.
It shows China leads the world in high-speed railway development, he added.
"The CRH380A is the world's fastest and most technologically-advanced high-speed train," said Zhang Shuguang, a deputy chief engineer with the MOR. It has a maximum speed of 380 km/h during regular operations, and can keep a constant speed of 350 km/h.
It has been put into use on the railways linking Shanghai and Hangzhou, and that connecting central China's Wuhan City and southern Guangzhou City.
China is expanding its high speed rail network to boost growth, with the aim of making it the world's longest.
China launched its first high-speed line - a service linking the capital and the port city of Tianjin - at the time of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Since then, more fast-train lines have been put into service: the Wuhan-Guangzhou line linking central and south China; the Zhengzhou-Xi'an line connecting central and western China; and the Shanghai-Nanjing line in the country's east.
In October, a 202-km high-speed line linking Shanghai and Hangzhou came into operation, extending the nation's in-service high-speed rail network to 7,431 kilometers.
Track laying of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail-line, the world's longest high-speed line, was completed on Nov. 15. It is scheduled for commercial operation late 2011. Train travel time of the 1,318 km-journey will be slashed to about four hours from the current 10 hours.
The 220.9 billion yuan (33.3 billion U.S. dollars) project will link China's two important economic zones - the Pan-Bohai Bay area in north China and the Yangtze River Delta region - by passing through some of China's richest and fast-developing provincial-level regions - Tianjin, Shandong and Jiangsu.
At present, more than 1,000 high-speed trains are in operation daily with millions of passengers onboard.
According to the MOR, China will have a rail network of 110,000 km by 2012, with 13,000 km of it high-speed rail.
That means train travel time between Beijing and all provincial capitals, except Haikou on the southernmost island province of Hainan, Urumqi in farwest Uygur Autonomous Region, and Lhasa of Tibet Autonomous Region, will be within eight hours.