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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SOUTH AFRICA LAUNCHES AFRICA’S FASTEST TRAIN


Africa’s fastest train has opened its new route to the capital, Pretoria, from Johannesburg in a bid to speed up travel between two of South Africa’s major cities. The Gautrain takes less than 30 minutes for the 54km (34 mile) journey. It can take up to two hours to travel this distance by car during rush hour.
The train’s top speed is 160 km/h (100 mph) - a long way from the world’s fastest trains but still far superior to the locomotives chugging along most of the rest of the continent’s tracks, which mostly date from the colonial era.

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