Britain's first high-speed train rockets from station
It’s still Japan Day here on Bitterwallet and as if by magic, a story has broken that makes it all seem somehow relevant! Maximum bonus!
Japanese-built engines will be powering Britain’s first ever high-speed commuter train, the Javelin, which was unveiled today in London.
The train can rattle along at up to 140mph and will become a crucial part of the 2012 Olympics, transporting passengers in a ride that will be more exciting than about 95% of the actual events themselves.
A Javelin journey from London to Ashford will take just 37 minutes, in comparison with the sluggish 90 minutes or so that it takes now. Once it's up and running later in the month, the Javelin will travel from the St Pancras Eurostar station to Ashford International and Ebbsfleet in Kent, sharing the line with the Eurostar, which itself can travel almost 50mph faster.
Oh. That sort of 'derails' the story a little bit doesn't it? Sorry.