1.Shanghai Maglev, 267.8 mph, China
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 Co. 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 the magnetic field.
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 maglev 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 started on 1st January 2004.
2. Harmony CRH 380A, 236.12 mph, China
China railways Harmony CRH 380A is the second fastest operating train service in the world. In commercial service, this electric, multiple unit trains can achieve a maximum speed of 236.12 mph. But it sets a record speed of 258.58 mph during initial tests. In October 2010, the China railways put CRH 380A trains into regular service between Shangai-Nanjing route.
The CRH 380A trains can carry 494 passengers at a time. Each passenger will get facilities like the reading lamp, power port, and an electronic display. There is also a VIP sightseeing section near the driver’s cabin. It shows a view of the running train. One whole car unit of CRH 380A dedicated for serving food and drinks for passengers.
3. AGV Italo, 223.6 mph, Italy
AVG Italo is the fastest running train in Europe. This high-speed train has a maximum operational speed of 223.6 mph. But during initial test, in 2007, AVG train set a record speed of 356.6 mph. French manufacturing company Alstom built this multiple unit train. In 2008, the Italian company Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) ordered 25 AVG trains from Alstom for € 650 million.
The AVG Italo started the service in April 2007. It operates between Rome and Naples. The passengers of AVG Italo trains can travel between these cities (distance – 140 mi) in just an hour.
4. Siemens Velaro E/AVS 103, 217.4 mph, Spain
Velaro E is the Spanish version of Velaro E high-speed trains developed by German engineering company Siemens. In Spain, Velaro trains named as AVS 103. The Velaro E operates between Barcelona and Madrid. Velaro E runs at a maximum speed of 217.4 mph. Velaro E trains can take passengers from Barcelona to Madrid in just 2 hours and 30 minutes. During trials, the Velaro E achieved a top speed of 250.84 mph.
5. Talgo 350, 217.4 mph, Spain
Spain’s Talgo 350 high-speed train operated by the state-run railway company. This high-speed train can achieve a maximum speed of 217.4 mph. The Talgo 350 runs between Madrid and Barcelona.
This train has two driving cars and 12 passenger cars. It is also known as ‘Pato’ in Spain, named after its duck beak like the nose of the front car. This distinctive design of Talgo 350 is optimized to handle pressure waves.
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