The title “Trains those fly : 7 Fastest trains in the World” of this article may amuse you as you read it. In fact this title is rhetoric. Although trains never fly but there are many high speed trains that seems like flying when they run on the track. These travels between cities those are thousand meters apart within hours. These trains run in the developed countries of the world such as Japan, China and France. Here Satyam Prajapat presents a short description of the top 7 fastest trains of the world.
- Shanghai Maglev
In the list of fastest trains the name of Shanghai Maglev comes on the top. It runs between Longyang Road station and Shanghai Pudong International Airport every 15 minutes. It is running since 2004 and it has achieved the highest speed of 431 kmph. At a time 574 commuters can travel in it. Its average speed is 250 kmph.
CRH 380 A runs from Beijing to Nanjing via Shanghai. It is designed to operate at a cruise speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) and a maximum of 380 km/h (236 mph) in commercial service. The original 8-car train-set recorded a top speed of 416.6 km/h (258.9 mph) during a trial run and the longer 16-car train-set temporarily held the world record for the fastest production train at 486.1 km/h (302.0 mph).The CRH380Awas developed by China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation Limited (CSR) and is currently manufactured by CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd.
- Siemens Velaro/ AVES-103
Siemens Velaro trains are used in Germany, Spain, China, Russia and Turkey. In the future these trains are also to be used in Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Its speed is between 250 and 403 kmph. On 15 July 2006, a train achieved a top speed of 403.7 km/h (250.8 mph) between Guadalajara and Calatayud on the Madrid–Zaragoza line. This is a Spanish record for railed vehicles.
Talgo 350 (T350) is a very high speed train developed by PatentesTalgo, a Spanish company. This runs between Madrid and Barcelona. During its trial it achieved a speed of 365kmph. The maximum commercial speed of the train is fixed to 330kmph with maximum acceleration of 1.2m/s2 in curves. The maximum train length is limited to 200m with 12 passenger cars. This train is also called as Pato (which means duck in Spanish) as the train’s front part resembles the beak of a duck.
The Hayabusa is a high-speed Shinkansen service operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori in Japan since 5 March 2011. This travels this distance in 2 hours and 56 minutes. During trial it achieved a record speed of 400 kmph. It’s a 10 seater car in which 731 commuters can sit.
The SNCF TGV 2N2 or Euroduplex is a high speed TGV train built by Alstom and operated by SNCF, the French national railway company and ONCF, the Moroccan national railway company. It is the third generation of the TGV Duplex bi-level train. They are currently being built by Alstom at Belfort and La Rochelle. The first sets entered passenger service on 11 December 2011. This train connects French-German- Swiss- Luxemburg railway network. Multi System Euroduplex Alstom runs at a speed of 320 kmph.
- SNCF TGV Duplex
The TGV Duplex is a French high-speed train of the TGV family, manufactured by Alstom, and operated by the French national railway company SNCF. It is unique among TGV trains in that it features bi-level carriages. The Duplex inaugurated the third generation of TGV trainsets. It was specially designed to increase capacity on high-speed lines with saturated traffic. With two seating levels and a seating capacity of 508 passengers, the Duplex increases the passenger capacity. While the TGV Duplex started as a small component of the TGV fleet, it has become one of the system’s workhorses.