Where are the fastest trains in the world and how fast are they?


 

Trains were and still are a necessary means of transportation in most parts of the world, so the train sector is considered one of the important sectors that need continuous updating from time to time.


The first train journey that took place on the Welsh railway network was in 1804, and that the maximum train speed reached 50 kilometers per hour in 1829, then 100 kilometers per hour in 1850, and 200 kilometers per hour at the beginning of the twentieth century, to continue to break records in the speed of trains over the decades.


But this speed is not comparable to the current records, which reached 600 km per hour, as quoted by the French magazine Le Point on the Business Insider website, which is concerned with the world of business and finance, which highlighted the development of records. in the speed of trains around the world, indicating the possibility of a decline in the ratings of existing brands


The speed of commercial transport trains


Currently, the maximum speed of trains for commercial transport is about 300 km per hour, while some other trains have registered a speed much higher in the context of test marketing campaigns.


And the French high-speed train got good results in this arrangement, occupying second place after its top speed reached 574.8 km per hour in 2007. It is preceded by the Japanese Shinkansen train, which is the only train whose top speed exceeds 600 km per hour, specifically 603 km per hour in 2015, at a time when the top speed of a train in China reached 501 km per hour in 2003.


Two other Asian trains in the ranking are China's CRH380B, which reached a top speed of 487.3 km/h in 2011, and the Korean Express, which reached a top speed of 421.4 km/h in 2013.


The ranking also includes InterCityExpress, Germany's high-speed train system, which reached a top speed of 406 kilometers per hour in 1988, as well as the Spanish high-speed train, which reached a top speed of 403 kilometers per hour in 2006.


Breaking records in the future


These ratings are expected to decline in the next few years after China is working on a project aimed at exceeding the speed of 630 km per hour, specifically 800 km per hour by 2027, which would reduce the travel time on the train between Shanghai and Beijing to 3 and a half hours. Just.


Other projects currently under development in France, the United States and the United Arab Emirates aim to transport passengers at a maximum speed of 1,200 km per hour using pods that are pushed along tunnels with the use of magnetic levitation technology.


Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk promoted the concept of "Hyperloop" in 2013, but tests that are still in their early stages are struggling to prove themselves as a real alternative to traditional high-speed trains.

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