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Top 10 Fastest Trains in the World

Monday, April 25th 2011. | Fastest

Here’s a list of top 10 fastest train in the world. Today’s train is faster, more convenient, and better than a train that our ancestor used to ride view decades ago. Since 1960s, our engineers have discovered ways to build environmental friendly train using no coal and some are so fast so that it can reach average speed of F1 racing cars. In this post, it is time to discover latest top 10 world’s fastest train from around the globe

10. HSL 1, 300 km/h (186 mph), Belgium.


HSL 1 is 10th fastest train from Belgium with a track lines 88 kilometers, or 55 miles start from Brussels to LGV Nord, where 71 km of them is a high-speed rail track. This fastest train in Belgium operates daily since December 14, 1997. The train shortens timing from Paris to Brussels or reverse to mere 72 minutes. It is powered by 25 kV 50 Hz Ohle railway electrification systems and its operating speed is 186 mph or 300 km/h. HSL 1 is the fastest train in Belgium.

9. ETR 500, 300 km/h (186 mph),Italy.

fastest train ETR 500

ETR 500

ETR is a fastest train from Italy. It operates since 1993 and ETR stands for Elettero Treno Rapido. The max speed is 190 mph or more than 300 km per hour. ETR 500 is available in different variant (ETR 500 F, ETR 500 P and EPR Y2 and EPR Y1), It is powered by 3 kV DC, 25 kV 50 Hz AC, and it only takes 60 minutes to reach the center of Bologna from Milan. ETR is the fastest train in Italy.

8. Eurostar,300 km/h (186 mph),UK

fastest train Eurostar


Eerostar is 8th fastest train in the world that every operational day connects London (UK), Paris (France) and Brussels (Belgium) and carries 900 passengers inside long channel tunnels, which links UK and France. The latest Eurostar e320 can move up to 199 mile per hour or 320 Km/h. This fast train is moved by 25 kV 50 Hz. Eurostar is the fastest train in United Kingdom.

7. AVE Talgo-350, 330 km/h (205 mph), Spain

fastest train AVE Talgo 350

AVE Talgo 350

AVE Talgo-350 is a high-speed railway vehicle, which connects Madrid-Barcelona and Madrid-Valladolid. The train is using 25 kV 50 AC electrification system and it can make the train move up to 205 mph. The high-speed train can transport 318 passengers and the train operates since December 22, 2007. AVE Talgo is the fastest train in Spain.

6. THSR 700T, 335.50 km/h (208 mph),Taiwan

fastest train THSR 700T


THSR 700T is a high-speed electric multiple train operated by THSRC and it is a family of infamous Shinkansen speed train from Japan. The operational speed is 300km/h, it can load 989 passengers, and it can run up to 335.50 km/h. It serves Taipei–Kaohsiung and it is used a 25 kV/60 Hz AC electrification system. THSR 700T is the fastest train in Taiwan.

5. KTX 2, 352.4 km/hour (218 mph), South Korea


KTX2 or KTX-Sancheon has enough power to run at 218mph but because of security reason the operator limit the top speed of the train only to 190mph or 305km. It uses 25kV/60 Hz AC Catenaries and it is capable to carry 363 passengers. Hyundai Rotem manufactured the train and KOrail operates the train since the first quarter 2009. KTX 2 is the fastest train in South Korea.

4. TGV Réseau, 380 km/hour (236.12 mph), France

fastest train TGV Réseau

TGV Réseau

TGV Réseau or simply called TGV-R was built base on the former model and system of LGV Atlantique. The operational speed is 199mph or 320km per hour and it can transport 377 passengers. A 25kV AC, 1500 V DC electrification system powers the train and originally, it has top speed 380 km/h. TGV Réseau is the fastest train in France.

3. Shinkansen, 443 Km/hour (275.3 mph), Japan

fastest train Shinkansen


Shinkansen is high-speed train armada serves major cities in Japan since 1964, Shinkansen technology have evolved in the past 40 years and the fastest one is Shinkansen E5 series, which is powered by 25,000 V AC Electrification systems that can make the train move at 320km/h. Shinkansen is the fastest train in Japan.

2. Transrapid 09 (TR-09), 450 km/hour (270.3 mph), Germany

fastest train Transrapid 9

Transrapid 9

Our second fastest train in the world comes from Germany. It is a high-speed monorail train and it uses magnetic levitation system. TR-09 or also known Transrapid 09 was engineered to move up to 500kmph but reduced 50kmph to lower accidental chances. To power the machine, transrapid 09 requires 50-100kW electric current to power the power system, levitation and control system. TR-09 is the fastest train in Germany.
1. CRH380A, 487.3 km/hour (302.8 mph),China


CRH380A came from CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company. The builder built the train to replace former CRH2 high-speed train. It uses 25 kV AC overhead electrical system/s and it produces enough force to pull the high-speed train to 480 km/h. CRH380A moves with operational speed 380km/h and it serves a route from Shanghai to Nanjing and Shanghai to Hangzhou. The maximum capacity of the fastest train in the world is 494 passengers.

Have you ever tried one of those fastest train in the world?

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