The railway appeared many hundreds of years ago. There was an evolution from heavy, awkward carloads to super-fast expresses that cross huge distances in a matter of hours, due to magnetic levitation, which is hardly anyone you will be surprised by. This list includes the fastest trains that develop frenzied speed and work like a clock.

1. Trains of the Shinkansen series

Trains of the Shinkansen series

Speed – 581 km / h

The name of these trains comes from the Japanese word, which means “new highway”. These trains received another nickname – “bullet”, they own the absolute world record for trains that traveled with a magnetic suspension – 581 km / h, on the rails the result is more modest, but still impressive – 443 km / h. The road between Osaka and Tokyo at such a high-speed train will take only two and a half hours. In addition, they are the fastest trains in the world, they are also the safest, in more than four decades of operation there has not been a single accident.



Speed – 574.8 km / h

TVG are French trains that travel between France and Switzerland and France and Germany. Their average speed is 320 km / h. Despite this, the TGV POS model broke all speed records among the trains that travel on rails, it accelerated to 574.8 km / h in 2007.

3. Shanghai Maglev Train

Shanghai Maglev Train

Speed – 501 km / h

Shanghai Maglev – high-speed train, Chinese-made, which operates on a magnetic suspension. The first time was seen in Shanghai in 2004. The average speed is 431 km / h, which makes the journey from the city center to the airport (30 kilometers) a five-minute trip. November 12, 2003, an amazing event took place – Shanghai Maglev Train has developed a speed of more than five hundred kilometers per hour. The most interesting thing is that this train was developed not by the Chinese, but by the Germans. Transrapid SMT – a model that served as a prototype for this train.

4. CRH380A


Speed – 486.1 km / h The

maximum speed for this Chinese train on all documents is 380 km / h, but as it turned out it was not the limit and it was able to reach a speed of 486.1 km / h. CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company – namely, this company produces these ultra-high-speed trains. 8 cars of this elegant train, decorated in an airplane style, and contain about 500 people. For the first time, this train appeared on rails in 2010 and proceeded along the route Shanghai – Nanjing. Then two more lines of following were added: Wuhan – Guangzhou, and Shanghai – Hangzhou.

5. AVE Talgo-350

AVE Talgo-350

Speed – 365 km / h

AVE (Alta Velocidad Española) is a trademark of the operator of the Spanish Railways Renfe-Operador. This abbreviation of AVE also means the word “bird” in Spanish. Each train of this class is high-speed, but for us, it will be interesting for the AVE Talgo-350, its capacity is 320 people. Gains speed up to 330 km / h, following from Madrid to Valladolid and from Madrid to Barcelona. In 2004, during the experiment, he was able to accelerate to 365 km / h. Because of its design, this electric train carries the nickname Pato (“duck”).

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