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Speed on steel wheels has fascinated engineers for nearly two centuries - and a string of stunning records in the last twenty-five years has pushed railway engineering towards new frontiers. Japan - pioneer of high-speed train technology - set the precedent with its legendary bullet trains in 1964; since then a dozen countries have joined the high-speed revolution. Today - China is setting the pace as it crafts a nationwide network of super-railways - and Morocco and Saudi Arabia are on the cusp of launching trains that travel at 300km/h. The USA lags far behind - outpaced by Asia and Western Europe - where Eurostar links London to the international high-speed network - although a new-generation railway to northern England is still missing. Here is the full story of high-speed trains - retold in a journey across countries and continents. The Second Age of Rail is railway history in the making.... Please click here to ask a question
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