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World's 10 fastest trains

November 28, 2013 13:29 IST

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China is the world leader when it comes to operating fastest trains. Two of the world’s fastest trains belong to China.  

Other fastest trains belong to Asian and European countries.  A French high-speed train, TGV holds the world record hitting a top speed of 574.8km/hr. However, its operational speed is 300-320 kmph.

Take a look at the 10 fastest trains in terms of operational speed according to railway-technology.com…

Shanghai Maglev

The Shanghai Maglev Train or Shanghai Transrapid with an operational speed of 430km/hr and average speed of 251 km/hr is a magnetic levitation train launched in China in 2003.

Built as a joint venture by Siemens and ThyssenKrupp, it is the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world. The maglev train runs on a magnetic cushion between the vehicle and track.

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Image: Shanghai Maglev
Photographs: Alex Needham/Wikimedia Commons

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Harmony CRH 380A

Another train from China, Harmony CRH 380A with a maximum operational speed of 380 kmph, is currently the second fastest operating train in the world.

Developed by China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation, CRH380A is one of the four Chinese trains designed for the new standard operating speed of 380 km/hr.

The 8-car train-set recorded a top speed of 416.6 km/h (258.9 mph) during a trial run.

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Image: Harmony CRH 380A
Photographs: Reuters

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AGV Italo

With a maximum operational speed of 360 km/hr, AGV Italo started operations in April 2012.

Designed by Alstom, the Automotrice à grande vitesse, AGV is a standard gauge high-speed electric multiple unit train.

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Image: AGV Italo
Photographs: Wiki05/Wikimedia Commons

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Velaro E

Spain’s Velaro E hit a high speed of about 400 kmph during its test trips in Spain.

The train has an operational speed of 350 kmph.

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Photographs: Sebastian Terfloth/Wikimedia Commons

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Talgo 350

Talgo 350, which initially entered service with the name RENFE AVE Class 10, achieved a maximum speed of 365 km/hr during its trial run. 

The train has a maximum operational speed of 350km/hr.

T350 was developed by Patentes Talgo (Tren Articulado Ligero Goicoechea Oriol) and manufactured by Patentes Talgo in collaboration with Bombardier Transportation.

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Image: Talgo 350
Photographs: Courtesy, Talgo 350

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E5 Series Shinkansen Hayabusa

E5 Series Shinkansen Hayabusa trains, which entered service in March 2011, with an initial maximum speed of 300 km/hr.

Manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industry (KHI) and Hitachi, the fastest train in Japan, it hit a highest speed of about 400 km/hr during trials.

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Photographs: Toshinori baba/ Wikimedia Commons

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Euroduplex

Built by Alstom, Euroduplex is the third generation of TGV Duplex, which started operations in December 2011. 

These double-decker trains have a speed of 320 km/hr.

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Image: Euroduplex
Photographs: Hoff1980/ Wikimedia Commons

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TGV Duplex

Manufactured by Alstom and Bombardier, TGV Duplex can reach maximum speeds of 300 kmph to 320 kmph.

With two seating levels, 508 passengers can travel in the train.

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Image: TGV Duplex
Photographs: Sebastian Terfloth/WikimediaCommons

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ETR 500 Frecciarossa 

ETR 500 Frecciarossa Trains started service in 2008. The trains are designed for a maximum speed of 360 km/hr and currently run at 300 km/hr on high speed lines.

The cars are equipped with climate control and sound insulation, and feature ergonomic seats to provide maximum comfort.

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Photographs: Mikhail Shcherbakov/ Wikimedia Commons

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THSR 700T

The Taiwan's high-speed rail (THSR) 700T is high-speed electric multiple unit trainset

The trains manufactured in Japan have a top speed of 300 kilometres per hour.


Image: THSR 700T
Photographs: Yali Shi/Wikimedia Commons

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