Thursday, December 16, 2004

Transport: Replacing Oil: South Korean Bullet Train exceeds 218mph

A South Korea-designed bullet train broke the 350 kilometer (218.8 miles)-per-hour barrier in a test run, putting the country at the forefront of high-speed railway technology, officials said.

Only three other countries, France, Germany and Japan, have built trains that can travel at 350 kilometers per hour or faster.

"Bullet" trains could utilise maglev (magnetic leviation) technology which runs on electricity offering an alternative to petroleum based air travel.

Channel News Asia Article on South Korean designed bullet train

How Stuff Works article on Maglev Trains