In 1990 the Taiwan's government completed a feasibility study for a high-speed rail line in the western corridor of the island. The study found that in a comparison of potential solutions to traffic problems in the corridor, a high-speed rail line would offer the highest transit volume, lowest land use, highest energy savings, and lowest pollution. Today 345 km line connects national capital Taipei in the North with the Kaohsiung in the South in 96 minutes, with the top speed of 300 km/h.
.... The distance between Vancouver and Kamloops in British Columbia Canada is almost exactly the same - the train takes it in "swift" 9 hours (if not stuck in the middle of nowhere).