10 Fastest Trains In The World 2018

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Of course, trains can’t fly over oceans like airplanes. But that doesn’t mean trains can’t run as fast as planes. Fortunately, some trains in this modern world are as fast as planes. Followings are 10 fastest trains in the world.

10 THSR 700T, 186.4 mph , Taiwan

THSR 700T is a series of Taiwanese high-speed multiple unit trains. This service started on 5th January 2007 between Taipei City and Kaohsiung. At the top speed of 186.4 mph, THSR 700T could shorten the journey time between these cities from four and half hours to just 90 minutes.

A 700T train has 12 car sets in total. It features a multi-engine system and 9 out of 12 cars provides power for the train. What it offers are the speed and space.

700T trains are built in Japan by the consortium of three major companies – Kawasaki heavy industries, Nippon Sharyo and Hitachi. The powerful motors in 700T provide an acceleration from 0-186.4 mph in just 15 minutes.

9 ETR 500 Frecciarossa Train, 186.4 mph, Italy

ETR 500 Frecciarossa is the fastest train service in Italy, operated by Trenitalia company. The Frecciarossa trains have a maximum speed of 186.4 mph. This service runs between Milan-Rome-Naples route and offers 72 connections daily.

Today here are 28 non-stop Frecciarossa trains between Milan and Rome. At the top speed of 186.4 mph, a Frecciarossa will reach Rome from Milan in just 2 hours and 40 minutes.

8 SNCF TGV Duplex, 198.8 mph, France

TGV duplex is the fastest train service in France. This powerful train can touch a maximum speed of 198.8 mph. The SNCF railway company operates this high-speed train service. TGV duplex started the service in December 2011.

It is a double-deck, high-speed train that connects all the main cities in France. It is one of the most comfortable European trains that has a seating capacity of 508.

Alstom manufacturing company builds TGV duplex trains. They used high-quality aluminum for the construction of TGV duplex to reduce weight. TGV duplex has an eco-friendly design and a recyclability rate of 90%. The stiff passenger compartments in the train also ensure the safety in case of the collision.

7 Alstom Euroduplex, 198.8 mph, France

Euroduplex trains are the third series of TGV duplex high-speed trains. The Euroduplex train service is operated by the French railway company SNCF. This service connects French, Swiss, German and Luxembourg rail network. This multi-system, double deck rains can travel at a maximum speed of 198.8 mph.

Euroduplex trains started the service in December 2011. This train can transport 1020 passengers at a time. The Alstom railway company designs the Euroduplex trains.

6 E5 Series Shinkansen Hayabusa, 198.8 mph, Japan

E5 series Shinkansen Hayabusa is the fastest high-speed train service in Japan today. This train service started on 5th March 2011 and operated by the East Japan railway company. The e5 series train is operated between Tokyo and Aomory. At the top speed of 198.8 mph, E5 series Shinkansen would reach Shin-Aomory station from Tokyo (distance – 444.28 mi) in just 2 hours and 56 minutes.

5 Talgo 350, 217.4 mph, Spain

Spain’s Talgo 350 high-speed train operated by the state run railway company. This high-speed train can achieve a maximum speed of 217.4 mph. The Talgo 350 runs between Madrid and Barcelona.

This train has two driving cars and 12 passenger cars. It is also known as ‘Pato’ in Spain, named after its duck beak like the nose of the front car. This distinctive design of Talgo 350 is optimized to handle pressure waves.

4 Siemens Velaro E/AVS 103, 217.4 mph, Spain

Velaro E is the Spanish version of Velaro E high-speed trains developed by German engineering company Siemens. In Spain, Velaro trains are named as AVS 103. The Velaro E operates between Barcelona and Madrid.

Velaro E runs at a maximum speed of 217.4 mph. Velaro E trains can take passengers from Barcelona to Madrid in just 2 hours and 30 minutes. During trials, Velaro E achieved a top speed of 250.84 mph.

3 AGV Italo, 223.6 mph, Italy

AVG Italo is the fastest running train in Europe. This high-speed train has a maximum operational speed of 223.6 mph. But during initial test, in 2007, AVG train set a record speed of 356.6 mph. French manufacturing company Alstom builds this multiple unit train. In 2008, the Italian company Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) ordered 25 AVG trains from Alstom for € 650 million.

2 Harmony CRH 380A, 236.12 mph, China

China railways Harmony CRH 380A is the second fastest operating train service in the world. In commercial service, this electric, multiple unit trains can achieve a maximum speed of 236.12 mph. But it sets a record speed of 258.58 mph during initial tests. In October 2010, the China railways put CRH 380a trains into regular service between Shangai-Nanjing route.

CRH 380A high-speed trains are manufactured by the CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock company. The CRH 380A has low weight Aluminium alloy body and a fish-head like the front car. This unusual design of the train could reduce aerodynamic pressure on running. The bogies of CRH 380A are completely vibration free.

1 Shanghai Maglev, 267.8 mph, China

Shanghai Maglev is the fastest train in the world with a maximum operating speed of 267.8 mph. This service is operated by Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co. Shanghai Maglev runs at Shanghai’s high-speed magnetic levitation line. Maglev is an abbreviation of magnetic levitation – suspension or floating of an object by the magnetic field.

Unlike regular train tracks, Shanghai Maglev has no wheel, and it floats on magnetic field existing between the train and track. This electromagnetic pull offers by the powerful magnates let the train to fly over the track as there is no contact between train and track.

Shanghai maglev could reach its top speed of 267.8 mph from 0 mph in just 4 minutes. The Shanghai’s 18.95-mile long maglev line is the only commercially operated maglev in the world. Siemens and ThyssenKrupp companies built the Shanghai Maglev. The public service of the Shanghai maglev started on 1st January 2004.

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