Video of the driver's seat of a high-speed train travelling at over 170mph

  • Footage was captured on a journey between Datong and Xi'an in China 
  • It showed the high-speed train as it passed Weinan Station at over 170mph
  • At one point, the train covered a distance of 1 kilometre in just 13 seconds 

If you've ever travelled on a high-speed train, you'll have seen the outside world speeding past you in a blur.

But if you're in the driver's seat, life in the 'fast lane' actually appears to be a lot slower than you might expect, as this video shows.

The footage, which lasts just over a minute, captures a segment of a journey between Datong and Xi'an in China while the high-speed train was travelling at just over 170 miles per hour.

The footage was captured on a journey between Datong and Xi'an in China and showed the train as it passed Weinan Station at over 170mph

The footage was captured on a journey between Datong and Xi'an in China and showed the train as it passed Weinan Station at over 170mph

In the footage, which was posted on Youtube, the conductor is seen making various hand movements as the train glides along the tracks. 

He announces the distance in Chinese as he counts down the number of kilometres, from three to one, until the train approaches a station.

At one point, the train covered a whole kilometre in just 13 seconds. 

The locomotive speeds past numerous electricity pylons along the way, which can all be seen clearly despite the fact that the train is travelling so quickly. 

At one point, the train covered a distance of 1km in just 13 seconds as the conductor announced the intervals in Chinese

At one point, the train covered a distance of 1km in just 13 seconds as the conductor announced the intervals in Chinese

As the train passes through Weinan Station, it seems to slow down momentarily.  

According to the caption posted alongside the video, the train was actually travelling at 275km/h (170mph) as it passed the station.

This is significantly faster than the average high-speed train in the UK, which travels at speeds of around 125 miles per hour, and not quite as fast as the bullet trains in Japan, which travel at an average speed of 200 miles an hour.

After the train passes the station, the screen returns to the monotony of the electricity pylons.

As the video reveals, being the driver of a high speed train can be mundane.

Perhaps that's why in 2011, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Tourism in Japan revealed that eight bullet train drivers used their phones for making calls and sending emails while on the job, according to Japan Today

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