Saturday, March 13, 2010

Imagine if you could travel from London to Beijing in two days!

This article explains how a Chinese company wants to build a new high speed rail network that will link London to China and South Asia. With no apparent sense of irony here is the headline:
King's Cross to Beijing in two days on new high-speed rail network

Wow. It gets better:
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.

I suppose "almost as fast as aeroplanes" is accurate if your alternative mode of comparison is walking.

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.

Just imagine a world where you could travel halfway across the globe in two days and even get to Singapore in three. It's a world that is a lot slower than the one we have now, because you can currently fly between London and Beijing in 10 hours. Those better be really nice trains.

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