Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway, also referred to as the Shanghai bullet train is the fastest scheduled train in the world, connecting China’s two largest cities. The rail line is 820 miles long, shortening the trip from Beijing to Shanghai from ten hours to just less than five.
Building the World’s Fastest Train
Construction on the high speed rail began in 2008, and three years later, opened for commercial service in June of 2011. Originally, it was predicted that the train wouldn’t be functional until 2015, but with over 130,000 construction workers and engineers involved on the project, it was completed early.
The high speed rail was designed to reach a maximum speed of 380 kilometers per hour, but broke its own record, tapping out at a top speed of 486 kilometers per hour. A nonstop trip from Beijing to Shanghai (811 miles) can be completed in a little more than 4 hours, making the Shanghai Bullet train the fastest unmodified train for commercial use in the world.