From the Korea Times, a new train is being tested with a top speed of 430km/hour (267miles/hour)(!!!). For my North Carolina readers, of which there are at least two, that’s Asheville to Raleigh in one hour. Fuck. Yes.
The story says government testing will be thorough due to unforeseen problems with Korea’s current high-speed train, the KTX. From the article:
In particular, the latest “KTX-Sancheon,’’ which was built through the country’s own technologies, suffered various mishaps including derailment and stoppages although there were no casualties.
The KTX currently tops out at 300km/hour (186m/hour). That’s not too shabby on its own, though I’d sure hate to be on one of those derailments!
Speaking of derailments, the high-fallutin’ US plan to introduce high-speed trains appears to have fallen off the tracks without ever moving forward. Guess I might have to sign up for a car-share program if I don’t want to blow my savings when I get back from Korea.