Top 10 Fastest Trains in the world 2014

Train travel is making a comeback!
Train travel evokes visions of old-fashioned 20th-century grandeur -- elegant coach cars, the conductor in his crisp uniform, the steam engine faithfully carrying its passengers to exotic destinations. It's nostalgic, romantic and civilized -- but it's definitely not boring.
When talking about the fastest trains across the globe, Europe and Asia stands out in the list. With the advancement in technology, it has now become possible to travel to far off distance in a short while. Besides, trains are one of the most convenient means of transportation and more accessible as compared to the other ways of travel.
Find below the top 10 fastest trains in the world 2014.


1. Shanghai Magnetic Leviation ( Maglev )

Design speed : 500 km/h (310 mph)
Max test speed : 501 km/h (311 mph)
Max operation speed :  431 km/h (268 mph)
Manufacturer : Siemens and ThyssenKrupp

Shanghai Maglev is currently the fastest train with top commercial speed 431 km/h (268 mph) and average speed of 251km/h.. During a test run on 12 November 2003, the train achieved record speed of 501 km/h (311 mph). Shanghai Maglev started commercial operations in April 2004. Shanghai Maglev currently operates from central Shanghai and from Longyang Road Station to Pudong Airport.

A Maglev Train © blog888
Coming out of the Pudong International Airport. PD

2. CRH 380A

Design speed :
Max test speed : 486.1 km/h (302 mph)
Max operation speed : 388 km/h (241 mph)
Manufacturer : CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd

CRH380A is one of the four Chinese train series which have been designed for the new standard operating speed of 380 km/h (236 mph) on newly constructed Chinese high-speed main lines. CRH380A put into commercial operation in October 2010, operates from Beijing to Shanghai and provides daily service along Wuhan to Guangzhou route.

CRH 380 A, by 颐园新居
CRH 380 A, by 颐园新居

3. Automotrice à grande vitesse AGV Italo

Design speed :
Maximum test speed : 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph)
Max operation speed :  360 km/h (220 mph)
Manufacturer : Alstom

Automotrice Grande Vitesse (AGV) is an advanced very high speed train designed and developed by Alstom. It is claimed to be the most economical and eco-friendly railcar in the world, also the first train in the AGV Series which entered into service in April 2012. The AGV currently operates from Napoli to Milan.

At the Rogoredo railway station, Milan, by Blackcat
At Napoli Central railway station, by Hoff1980

4. Elettro Treno Rapido ETR 500 Frecciarossa

Design speed :
Max test speed :  362 km/h (225 mph)
Max operation speed :  350 km/h
Manufacturer : Trevi

The Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) is a renovated version of the ETR 500. Entered into service in 2008, the train achieved maximum speed record 362 km/h (225 mph) between Florence and Bologna on February 2009.

ETR 500, by Mikhail Shcherbakov
ETR 500 at Milan, by Manuel Paa

5. AVE Talgo-350

Design speed : 350 km/h (220 mph)
Max test speed :  365 km/h
Max operation speed :  330 km/h (205 mph)
Manufacturer : Talgo

Transformed from RENFE AVE Class 10, Talgo-350 has been operating on the Madrid-Zaragoza-Lleida section of the Madrid-Barcelona line in Spain since 2005.

At Lleida Pirineus, by Benjamí Villoslada i Gil
Coming to Valladolid, by oSiRis Naref

6. Siemens Velaro E / AVS 103

Design speed : 500 km/h (311 mph)
Max test speed : 403.7 km/h (250.8 mph)
Max operation speed :  310 km/h (193 mph)
Manufacturer : Siemens

Siemens Velaro E is the fastest series-production high-speed train in the world. Siemens developed its Siemens Velaro based on the ICE 3M/F. Spain's RENFE was the first railway company to order Velaro trains, known as Velaro E, for their AVE network. Operating on the Barcelona-Madrid line, this train can reach a maximum operation speed up to 310 km/h. This multi-unit train began its operation in June 2007

AVS 103, by Sebastian Terfloth
Near Vinaixa, Lleida, by David Gubler

7. KTX 2

Design speed : 330 km/h (205 mph)
Max operation speed :  305 km/h (190 mph)
Manufacturer : Hyundai Rotem

This is South Korea first bullet train developed by Korean engineers and designed for Koreans. According to Korail, KTX-II incorporates many Korean interior design features, including rotating seats which can be arranged to suit the direction of travel. As well as developing a 400 km/h trainset for operation in South Korea, the suppliers are now looking to offer an export version of KTX-II for countries developing or planning future high speed lines, including Brazil, Turkey and the USA.

KTX-II, by Mx kouhosei
KTX-II, by G43

8. The Eurostar

Design speed :
Max test speed :  334.7 km/h (208.0 mph)
Max operation speed :   300 km/h (186 mph)
Manufacturer : Alstom

The Eurostar connects London and Paris, traveling under the English Channel as fast as 300 km/h.
All its trains traverse the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France, owned and operated separately by Eurotunnel. Eurostar achieved a new record when it completed the journey from Brussels to London in 1 hour, 43 minutes on 20 September 2007.

At Paris Gare du Nord, by Steve Cadman
Near Stratford International station, by Sunil060902

9. E5 Series

Design speed : 320 km/h (199 mph)
Max operation speed :  300 km/h
Manufacturer : Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries

E5 series were first introduced on the new Hayabusa services between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori from 5 March 2011, initially operating at a maximum speed of 300 km/h. From 19 November 2011, a total of six E5 series trainsets were in operation, with sets also used on some Hayate and Yamabiko services

E5 series, by Yuichi Kosio
At Sendai General Shinkansen Depot, by DAJF

10. TGV Duplex

Design speed : 320 km/h (186 mph)
Max operation speed : 300 km/h (199 mph)
Manufacturer : GEC-Alstom

TGV Duplex is Alstom's first third-generation double-decker/duplex train. It provides a seating space for 512 passengers in its upper and lower decks. The train is constructed of aluminum to reduce weight.
The trains in the TGV Duplex series mainly run on the TGV Méditerranée line between Paris and Marseille.

TGV Duplex at Gare de Lyon, by Sese Ingolstadt
2km from Avignon TGV, by Laurentdu84


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