High-speed rail, or HSR, is a type of passenger rail transport that can travel at significantly faster speeds than conventional rail transport: about 124 miles per hour for upgraded track or 155 miles per hour for new track. In Japan, Shinkansen lines run at speeds of up to 186 miles per hour; in China, high-speed lines operate at more than 200 miles per hour. (A magnetic levitation line, or Maglev for short, can reach 268 miles per hour.) High-speed rail is usually designed for passenger travel but can also support freight service.
An innovative sword-shaped test train reached a world record-breaking speed of 311 mph.
29 | December 28, 2011 12:41pm |
China is developing a high-speed train that will travel at 620 miles per hour through maglev lines in airless tubes underground.
59 | August 9, 2010 8:19am |
A little-known firm may one-up big tire companies like Michelin and Bridgestone by launching an indestructible tire for the consumer market by 2014.
16 | March 8, 2013 4:15am |
On the return, leave the UK at noon, arrive in Manhattan 8 a.m. the same day. U.S. firm is selling licenses to patented technology. China's buying. All aboard the vacuum express!
105 | June 4, 2012 9:35pm |
Penn station is trampled upon by millions of passengers a day, and is sorely in need of a makeover -- one that SOM plans to provide.
June 1, 2013 1:39pm |
A much-anticipated new supersonic passenger jet will be capable of flying at five times the speed of sound, according to reports.
6 | July 3, 2012 5:08am |
A recently released video demonstrates the long-range destructive power of a railgun prototype known as the "Blitzer."
13 | April 19, 2011 1:16am |
Quadski, a long-hyped amphibious vehicle, is scheduled to hit the market before the end of the year.
8 | October 17, 2012 4:40am |
The MagSurf skateboard let's you pull a Marty McFly, even if it's for a few seconds.
3 | October 26, 2011 6:00am |
Could we one day ride the rails from Chicago to New York in 6 hours?
75 | March 5, 2013 4:44am |
Amtrak's most popular route will soon get locomotive upgrades.
7 | May 14, 2013 12:42pm |
Rural America now accounts for just 16 percent of the nation's whole, an all-time low, according to demographic statistics. Here's why it's both good and bad.
11 | July 28, 2011 7:12am |
The test video of a Star-Wars inspired personal aircraft may mean that the technology is on its way to becoming a reality.
8 | August 21, 2012 4:00am |
Over land or over water, China is now home to the world's longest bridges.
18 | July 5, 2011 3:58am |
MADRID -- How do you build a high-speed train across a desert?
9 | January 21, 2013 3:03am |
A twin-turbo aquatic beast called the Phibian can reach highway speeds and rip across the water at 30 mph.
7 | February 17, 2012 6:39am |
On May 12th, their X3 prototype completed a flight test in which it was able to fly steadily at an average speed of 267 mph.
4 | May 24, 2011 3:02am |
A ground-effect train, works similarly to a Meglev train excepts itÂ floatsÂ on a cushion of air that reduces wind drag.
14 | May 13, 2011 12:04am |
A $151 billion high-speed rail development by Amtrak will make for quick trips between large U.S. cities.
4 | July 9, 2012 6:46am |
Beijing, Mexico City and Johannesburg are the cities in the world with the worst commutes. Here's a list of the Top 10 and Top 20.
19 | July 2, 2010 7:33am |