London to Beijing in two days by rail
I wonder if they will get this done before the US gets high speed rail from NYC to LA?
Just joking! Of course they will. The US has wasted its money on bailouts for bankers and pointless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
King’s Cross to Beijing in two days on new high-speed rail network
Passengers will be able to travel by train from King’s Cross to Beijing in just two days on trains that travel almost as fast as aeroplanes under ambitious new plans from the Chinese.
By Malcolm Moore, in Shanghai
Published: 10:00PM GMT 08 Mar 2010
"China is in negotiations to build a high-speed rail network to India and Europe with trains that capable of runПing at over 200mph within the next ten years.
The network would eventually carry passengers from London to Beijing and then to Singapore. It would also run to India and Pakistan, according to Wang Mengshu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a senior consultant on China’s domestic high-speed rail project.
A second project would see trains heading north through Russia to Germany and into the European railway system, and a third line will extend south to connect Vietnam, Thailand, Burma and Malaysia.
Passengers could board a train in London and step off in Beijing, 5,070 miles away as the crow flies, in just two days. They could go on to Singapore, 6,750 miles away, within three days.
"We are aiming for the trains to run almost as fast as aeroplanes," said Mr Wang. "The best case scenario is that the three networks will be completed in a decade," he added.
Mr Wang said that China was already in negotiations with 17 countries over the rail lines, which will draw together and open up the whole of Central, East and South East Asia. Mr Wang said the network would also allow China to transport valuable cargoes of raw materials more efficiently."