China launches world's fastest train
Chinese state media this week announced the launch of the fastest ground vehicle in the world - a maglev bullet train.
The train uses electromagnetic force to levitate above the track and can hit speeds above 600km/h.
The trip between Beijing and Shanghai by air usually takes 3.5 hours. Using the newly announced maglev bullet train, this trip could be achieved in just 2.5 hours.
While speed is a huge benefit of this type of train, so are the low levels of noise pollution produced as well as the levels of maintenance required to keep these types of trains operational.
Certainly makes you wonder how our train systems in Australia are stuck under 100km/h!
Should the Australian Government invest in an interstate fast-speed train network?