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Top 10 fastest trains in the world

Top fastest trains in the world

By Danish GPublished 12 months ago 3 min read
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Today, the train is one of the most popular land-based modes of transport in the world. However, many of us consider traveling by train as not very comfortable and long. Maybe we just need to choose the “right” train? We present our list of the ten fastest trains in the world.

Here is the list of the "Top 10 fastest trains in the world".

1. SNCF TGV POS

TGV POS - A French high-speed train that has been operating on the Paris-Luxembourg and Paris-Strasbourg routes since 2006. On April 3, 2007, in the presence of journalists, the train accelerated to a speed of 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph), breaking the world speed record for railway trains. However, the maximum operating speed is 320 km/h (199 miles/h).

The TGV POS is the quickest TGV train. In other words, with a top speed of 357.2 mph, it is the fastest train in the world.

2. CRH-380A

CRH-380A – Chinese railway train is designed to operate at a cruising speed of 350 km/h (217 miles per hour). Therefore, record speed of the train CRH-380A was 486,1 km/h (302 miles/hr). On the other hand it’s power is 12 900 h.p. Currently, it is made by the companies China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Limited. It began operating since 2010. In addition, it’s China’s highest speed train.

3. Trains of Shinkansen series

Shinkansen is another name for the Japanese high-speed train that operates on the same railway system. The train's top speed was recorded in 1996. The Shinkansen then reached 443 km/h, an absolute record at the time.

4. AVE-350 Talgo

AVE-350 – high-speed train, designed by the Spanish company Talgo together with the Canadian company Bombardier. This train is mainly intended to serve the high-speed railway line Madrid – Barcelona. So, the record speed of the train is 365 km/h, and the maximum – 330 km/h (205 miles/h). Because of an unusual front part of the locomotive reminding a beak, the train was nicknamed as “Pato” which in Spanish means – the duck.

5. KTX-Sancheon

KTX 2, but officially known as the KTX-Sancheon, is a high-speed railway train built in South Korea by Hyundai Rotem. The record speed of the KTX-Sancheon train is 352.4 km/h (218 miles per hour), but for safety reasons, the maximum speed has been reduced to 305 km/h (190 miles per hour). It is also used in Ukraine, but it frequently breaks near Poltava.

6. HSL 1

HSL 1 is a railway high-speed train plying between the cities of Brussels and Paris. Thanks to speed which train HSL 1 is capable to develop. Therefore the time required to overcome the distance between these cities, was essentially reduced and makes only 1 hour of 22 minutes. The train was started for the first time on December, 14th, 1997.

7. Train Eurostar

Eurostar is a high-speed train that connects London, Paris, and Brussels. It is also known as British Rail Class 373. The train can carry up to 750 passengers at the same time and serves the same name high-speed main road, passing through the tunnel under the English Channel. The train's fixed record speed was 334.7 km/h, with a top speed of 300 km/h (186 miles/h).

8. SNCF TGV Reseau

TGV Reseau is a high-speed railway train built by Alstom on the basis of the TGV Atlantique. As a result, it went into service in 1993. In short, the train's power is 11 800 h. p. Above all, the top speed is 320 kilometres per hour.

9. ETR 500

The ETR 500 (Elettro Treno Rapido 500) is an Italian high-speed train line. The first ETR 500 was developed under the auspices of the state company Ferrovie dello Stato, but it is now owned by Trenitalia, Italy's main railway company. It was first put into service in 1993. The first prototype of this train, known as the «ETR 500-X», nicknamed "Remo," was built in late 1988.

The first AGV train is currently the fastest operating train in Italy and the ninth fastest train in the world.

10. THSR 700T

The THSR 700T is a high-speed train designed to serve Taiwan's railway system. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyo, and Hitachi collaborated to design the THSR 700T train. The train's top speed is 335.5 km/h (208 miles per hour), but it usually runs at 300 km/h (186 miles per hour). It went into operation on January 5th, 2007.

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