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Chinese train sets speed record, says state media

By the CNN Wire Staff
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China's record-setting train
  • The unmodified commercial train hits 481.1 kph (nearly 300 mph), state media says
  • That tops the previous record by 64.5 kph
  • China

(CNN) -- A Chinese high-speed train broke a world record Friday for fastest unmodified commercial train, reaching speeds of up to 481.1 kph (298.9 mph), state media reported.

According to China's official Xinhua news agency, the new-generation CRH380 moved as fast as a low-cruising jet-plane during a trial run on what will become the country's rail line between Beijing and Shanghai.

The previous world record was set by China in September, when a train on a Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed line hit a speed of 416.6 kilometers per hour, Xinhua said.