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A look at 27 high-speed trains in the world

Last updated on: January 29, 2013 10:06 IST

A look at 27 high-speed trains in the world

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The Indian government is likely to announce a high-speed train project in the coming railway budget next month. The train is expected to run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

With the high-speed train project finally taking shape, India will join the elite club of bullett trains in the near future. Presently, Rajdhani travels at 130 km/h, while Shatabdi also runs at 130 km/h.

So, let's take a look at some of the fastest trains in the world.

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Image: CRH380 (China Railway High-speed) Harmony bullet trains are seen at a high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan, Hubei province.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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HEMU-400X

Design speed: 400 km/h

Operating speed: N/A

Start of service: 2014

Operator: Korail, South Korea

Global rank: 1

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Image: HEMU-400X.
Photographs: Source: kjclub.com

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CRH380 D & DL

Design speed: 380 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 2012

Operator: Ministry of Railways, China

Global rank: 2

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Image: CRH380 D & DL.
Photographs: Source: Jucember/Wikipedia Commons

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CRH380 B, BL & CL

Design speed: 380 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 2011

Operator: Ministry of Railways, China

Global rank: 3

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Image: CRH380 B, BL & CL.
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CRH380 D & DL

Design speed: 380 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 2012

Operator: Ministry of Railways, China

Global rank: 4

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Image: CRH380 D & DL.
Photographs: Source: Bjorn Konig/Wikipedia Commons

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Avril

Design speed: 380 km/h

Operating speed: N/A

Start of service: 2012

Operator: Renfe, Spain

Global rank: 5

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Image: Avril.
Photographs: Source: Tegeler/Wikipedia Commons
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Italo ETR 575

Design speed: 360 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 2011

Operator: NTV, Italy

Global rank: 6

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Image: Italo ETR 575.
Photographs: Source: Treno Italo - NTV/Wikipedia Commons
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ETR 1000

Design speed: 360 km/h

Operating speed: N/A

Start of service: 2013

Operator: NTV, Italy

Global rank: 7

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Image: ETR 1000.
Photographs: Source: Trashmaster85/Wikipedia Commons
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AVE Class 103

Design speed: 350 km/h

Operating speed: 310 km/h

Start of service: 2006

Operator: Renfe, Spain

Global rank: 8

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Image: AVE Class 103.
Photographs: Source: Falk2/Wikipedia Commons
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CRH2 C

Design speed: 350 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 2008

Operator: Ministry of Railways, China

Global rank: 9

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Image: CRH2 C.
Photographs: Source: kanegen/Wikipedia Commons
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CRH3 C

Design speed: 350 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 2008

Operator: Ministry of Railways, China

Global rank: 10

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Image: CRH3 C.
Photographs: Source: 4raWiki05/Wikipedia Commons
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AVE Class 102 - 112

Design speed: 330 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 2005

Operator: Renfe, Spain

Global rank: 11

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Image: AVE Class 102 - 112.
Photographs: Source: Fototrenes/Wikipedia Commons
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KTX-I

Design speed: 330 km/h

Operating speed: 305 km/h

Start of service: 2004

Operator: Korail, South Korea

Global rank: 12

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Image: KTX-I.
Photographs: Source: IGEL/Wikipedia Commons

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KTX-II

Design speed: 330 km/h

Operating speed: 305 km/h

Start of service: 2010

Operator: Korail, South Korea

Global rank: 13

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Image: KTX-II.
Photographs: Source: G43/Wikipedia Commons

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Eurostar e320

Design speed: 320 km/h

Operating speed: N/A

Start of service: 2014

Operator: SNCF and Eurostar, Europe

Global rank: 14

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Image: Eurostar e320.
Photographs: Source: Sebastian Terfloth/Wikipedia Commons
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ICE 3 DB Class 407

Design speed: 320 km/h

Operating speed: 320 km/h

Start of service: 2011

Operator: DB, Germany

Global rank: 15

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Image: ICE 3 DB Class 407.
Photographs: Source: Urmelbeauftragter/Wikipedia Commons

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Shinkansen 500

Design speed: 320 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 1997

Operator: JR West, Japan

Global rank: 16

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Image: Shinkansen 500.
Photographs: Source: Rsa/Wikipedia Commons
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Shinkansen E5

Design speed: 320 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 2011

Operator: JR West, Japan

Global rank: 17

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Image: Shinkansen E5.
Photographs: Source: Toshinori baba/Wikipedia Commons
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Shinkansen E6

Design speed: 320 km/h

Operating speed: N/A

Start of service: 2013

Operator: JR West, Japan

Global rank: 18

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Image: Shinkansen E6.
Photographs: Source: Sukhoi37/Wikipedia Commons
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TGV Reseau Thalys PBA

Design speed: 320 km/h

Operating speed: 320 km/h

Start of service: 1991

Operator: Thalys, SNCF, Europe

Global rank: 19

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Image: TGV Reseau.
Photographs: Source: Gryffindor/Wikipedia Commons

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TGV POS

Design speed: 320 km/h

Operating speed: 320 km/h

Start of service: 2008

Operator: SNCF, France

Global rank: 20

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Image: TGV POS.
Photographs: Source: Jivee Blau/Wikipedia Commons

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AVE Class 100

Design speed: 300 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 1992

Operator: Renfe, Spain

Global rank: 21

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Image: AVE Class 100.
Photographs: Source: Matthew Black/Wikipedia Commons
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ETR 500 3 kV

Design speed: 300 km/h

Operating speed: 250 km/h

Start of service: 1992-2007

Operator: Trenitalia, Italy

Global rank: 22

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Image: ETR 500 3 kV.
Photographs: Source: Pil56/Wikipedia Commons
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Eurostar

Design speed: 300 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 1993

Operator: Eurostar, SNCF, Europe

Global rank: 23

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Image: Eurostar.
Photographs: Source: Benjamin Smith/Wikimedia Commons

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TGV Sud-Est

Design speed: 300 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 1981

Operator: SNCF, France

Global rank: 24

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Image: TGV Sud-Est.
Photographs: Source: Phillip Capper/Wikimedia Commons
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TGV Atlantique

Design speed: 300 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 1989

Operator: SNCF, France

Global rank: 25

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Image: TGV Atlantique.
Photographs: Source: Pierre Monnier/Wikimedia Commons

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Thalys PBKA

Design speed: 300 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 1997

Operator: Thalys, Europe

Global rank: 26

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Image: Thalys PBKA.
Photographs: Source: Mauritsvink/Wikimedia Commons

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THSR 700T

Design speed: 300 km/h

Operating speed: 300 km/h

Start of service: 2007

Operator: THSR, Taiwan

Global rank: 27


Image: THSR 700T.
Photographs: Source: Changlc/Wikimedia Commons
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