Yesterday, China's state press outlets unveiled the CRH500, a new challenger to the record for conventional-wheeled high-speed trains. Its target is to break 310.7 miles per hour (500kph), which would make it as fast as the regional planes that have been flying everyone home for the holidays.
The 310.7 mph record is faster than the 304 mph max cruising speed of the Candian-built and commonly America-used Bombardier Dash 8 (100 Series), a popular regional plane with over 90 individual airline companies flying over one thousand of them all around the world. US Airways flies Bombardier Dash 8s regularly and if you flew a small plane this year, there's a chance that you were on a Bombardier.
Car News China reports that this one-off test train is "the first of a new series real-world trains from manufacturer CSR Sifang Locomotive." So we can expect to find these things racing between Beijing and Shanghai as fast as the little planes that serve as America's high-speed intercity transportation.