Top 5 Fastest High Speed Trains In The World 2020

Travelling by train is longer than flying no more. With high-speed rails and bullet trains all over Europe and Asia , it’s easier now than ever to get from point A to B with speed and ease. Taking a train is now becoming faster and more convenient than trodding through airport security and being squished in a middle seat. Whether you are going on vacation, looking to explore your country a little further or just enjoy train rides, this list has you covered. Here are the seven fastest trains in the world.

1. Shanghai Maglev, 267.8 mph, China

Key Specifications

Top speed: 267.8 miles per hour

Acceleration: 0 to 267.8 mph in just 4 minutes

No wheel

Only commercially operated maglev in the world

Runs between Long Yang Road and Pudong international airport

574 seats in total

US$8 for a regular ticket

US$16 for a VIP ticket

Shanghai Maglev is the fastest train in the world with a maximum operating speed of 267.8 mph . This service operates by Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development o. 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 he magnetic field.

Unlike regular train tracks, Shanghai Maglev has no wheel,and it floats on magnetic field existing between the train and rack. This electromagnetic pull offers by the powerful magnates let the train to fly over the track as there s 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 aglev 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 tarted on 1st January 2004.

It operates between Long Yang Road and Pudong international airport. The Shanghai maglev only takes 7 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the whole journey.The total passenger capacity of the Shanghai maglev train is 574. also, the train operates in every 15 minutes. It cost US$8 for one ticket and US$16 for a VIP ticket to travel in Shanghai aglev.

2. Harmony CRH 380A, 236.12 mph, China

Key Specifications

Top speed: 236.12 miles per hour

Multi-unit train

Fish-head design

Vibration free bogies

494 seats in total

VIP sightseeing section

One whole car unit for serving for food & drinks

China wins again, also serving as home to the world’s fastest non-maglev train currently in service. The name ‘Fuxing Hao’ translates to mean ‘rejuvenation,’ and each of the two trains has been branded with a nickname: CR400AF is ‘Dolphin Blue,’ and the CR400BF is ‘Golden Phoenix’.

The ‘CR’ stands for China Railway. Both take just less than five hours to zip up to 556 passengers each between Beijing South and Shanghai Hongqiao Station, easily halving the nearly 10-hour time it takes to ride the conventional, parallel rail line between these two megalopolises. The ‘Rejuvenation’ also beats China’s next fastest train, the ‘Harmony’ CRH380A; it has dazzled since 2010, with speeds of up to 236 mph on routes connecting Shanghai with Nanjing and Hangzhou, and Wuhan with Guangzhou.

3. AGV Italo, 223.6 mph, Italy

Key Specifications

Top speed: 223.6 miles per hour

Multi-unit train

Eco-friendly design

98% recyclability rate

11 car sets

Main classes- club, prima and smart class

Adjustable leather seats

Free Wi-Fi

Automotrice Grande Vitesse (AGV) has been designed and developed by Alstom as an advanced high-speed train with maximum speed is 360kmph is the fastest train in the world.It is said to be the world’s most economical and eco-friendly train, with 98 percent of its recyclable parts and a 15 percent lower lifecycle and energy costs.

Alstom displayed this train for the first time in Berlin, Germany, at the InnoTrans 2008 exhibition.The AGV is the most energy-efficient railway to meet the Interoperability Technical Specifications (TSI).It is the first train design in the world to combine joint carriage architecture with a distributed traction system and PMMs.

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

Key Specifications

Top speed: 217.4 miles per hour

8 passenger car sets

404 seats in total

Runs between Barcelona and Madrid

Velaro E, designated as AVE S 103 in Spain, is the fastest series-production high-speed train in the world. It achieved a whopping speed of about 400kmph during its test trips in Spain.The train possesses an operational speed of 350kmph.

The train was ordered by Spanish National Railways Renfe, and operates on the Barcelona-Madrid line. It was delivered in July 2005 and began operations in June 2007.The design of the multiple-unit train was founded on the latest developments of the successful ICE 3 trainset designed for Deutsche Bahn.

5. Talgo 350, 217.4 mph, Spain

Key Specifications

Top speed: 217.4 miles per hour

2 driving cars

12 passenger cars

Main classes- club, first, bistro and coach class

Real time information panels on car sets

The top speed of the Talgo 350 is 220 mph, although its limited to 205 mph on the lines it operates on in Spain. The train entered service on the Madrid to Barcelona line in 2007 and is manufactured by a consortium headed-up Spanish firm Patentes Talgo and Bombardier. The train is nicknamed “el pato” because of its distinctive beak like flat nose, which is designed to reduce the noise created by air resistance at high speeds.

The train is designed to have a high level of redundancy in traction between rail and auxiliary systems with a lightweight airtight pressurised body to improve comfort through tunnels and crossings. The train also has a very low centre of gravity to improve passenger comfort.The traction unit uses water cooled IGBT technology and the train has a tilting suspension system that hold the wheels parallel to the track in curved stretches.

The train will be used on the Haramain High Speed Rail Line, which runs along the Muslim pilgrim route between Mecca and Medina in Saudia Arabia. The railway, which will be the Middle East’s first high speed rail line, is expected to open next year



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