Trains can get pretty fast, especially since they often travel in straight lines and don't often have to slow down make turns. As of June 2010, the fastest train in the world is in China. A train connecting two cities over 600 miles apart makes the trip in just about 3 hours! It has an average speed of 217 miles an hour (350 km/hr), and that's over 3 times the speed limit on most highways!
Most trains are much slower though, but still pretty fast. Amtrak trains in the Northeastern United States can reach speeds of 150 miles an hour.
How many different ways have you traveled? Have you ridden a bike to get somewhere? Have you run or walked to get somewhere? Have you ever been on a boat or a plane?
Think about all the different travel options that are out in the world. Think about trips you'd like to take and how you would get there.
Would you take a plane to get to a neighbor's house? Would you walk to get to a tropical island?
Why is it good that we have lots of different travel options?
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