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Fastest trains in the world

Last updated on: March 5, 2012 15:08 IST

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Trains have gone through a complete transformation in the past few decades. Gone are the days of slow and smoke-filled railways.

Now, it's all about comfort and speed.

Let's take a look at some of the fastest trains in the world, according to Business Insider.

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China

Train: CRH380A

Speed: 302 mph (486.021 kph)

Rank: 1

The speed of the world's fastest train is 302.8 mph and is powered by 25 kV AC overhead electrical system.

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This China-based train is manufactured by CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company. It can carry up to 494 passengers and its route is from Shanghai to Nanjing and Shanghai to Hangzhou.

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Germany

Train: The Transrapid TR-09

Speed: 279 mph (449.006 kph)

Rank: 2

This German train uses magnetic levitation system.

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It can move at a speed of 279.5 mph and is powered by 50-100kW electric current.

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Japan

Train: Shinkansen

Speed: 275 mph (442.569 kph)

Rank: 3

It is Japan-based train which can attain a maximum speed of 275.2 mph.

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Image: Its top speed is 275 mph.

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It is powered by 25,000 V AC electrification system. It is operating in Japan since 1964.

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France

Train: TGV Reseau

Speed: 236 mph (379.805 kph)

Rank: 4

It has a top speed of 236.12 mph and is powered by 25 kV AC, 1500 V DC electrification system.

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It is French train and can carry up to 377 passengers.

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South Korea

Train: KTX 2

Speed: 219 mph (352.446 kph)

Rank: 5

The manufacturer of this train is Hyundai Rotem but is operated by KOrail since 2009.

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It is powered by 25 kV/60 Hz AC Catenaries. It can carry 360 passengers.

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Taiwan

Train: THSR 700T

Speed: 208 mph (334.743 kph)

Rank: 6

It is a Taiwan-based train and can move up to a speed as high as 208 mph.

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It can carry 989 passengers and is powered by 25 kV/60 Hz AC electrification system.

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Spanish

Train: AVE Talgo-350

Speed: 200 mph (321.868 kph)

Rank: 7

Touching a speed as high as 200 mph, this train connects Madrid-Barcelona and Madrid-Valladolid.

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The origin of this train is in Spain and it uses 25 kV 50 Hz electrification systems.

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Europe

Train: The Eurostar

Speed: 199 mph (320.259 kph)

Rank: 8

It is a UK-based train and carries about 900 passengers daily.

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It links UK and France and moves inside long channel tunnels.

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Italy

Train: The ETR 500

Speed: 190 mph (305.775 kph)

Rank: 9

ETR stands for Elettero Treno Rapido and it has been operating in Italy since 1993.

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It is powered by 3 kV DC, 25 kV 50 Hz AC and ETR-500 takes just 60 minutes to cover the distance from centre of Bologna to Milan.

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Belgium

Train: HSL-1

Speed: 186 mph (299.337 kph)

Rank: 10

The top speed attained by this one is around 186 mph and it is operating in Belgium since December 1997.

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It takes less than 90 minutes to travel from Paris to Brussels. It is powered by 25 kV 50 Hz Ohle railway electrification systems.

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