The 5 fastest trains in the world
Are you interested in knowing the fastest trains in the world? You are in the right place, in this article you will know everything you don’t know about the means of transport that, at first, gave birth to the Industrial Revolution, but nowadays, it is linked to the most surprising technological advances. How fast do you think a train can travel? You will find out below. The pioneers in designing a train that travelled at high speeds were the Japanese, and behind them many countries became interested in this type of technology.
But what features should a fast train have? The main thing is that it has the capacity to exceed or at least reach 200km/h. Initially, this was achieved in 1964 on the Tokaido Shinkansen route in Tokyo and little by little, great advances have been seen in the rail industry. As Japan is the pioneer in this technology, today, together with China, they have the fastest trains. It should be noted that Europe is not lagging behind, for example, the transport used on the railway line between Barcelona and Madrid uses a model with cutting-edge technology, which has nothing to envy the rest of the world. The train can even be considered faster than the plane. On the other hand, it was expected that in 2020 Japan would launch a more advanced version of its high-speed trains, but with the current world situation these are projects that remain on standby, but which we definitely hope to enjoy in the not too distant future. For now, we invite you to see the list of the five fastest trains in the world that are in operation.
Position 5: Talgo 350
The Talgo 350 train is located in Spain and is capable of reaching up to 350 km/h on its Barcelona-Madrid route and vice versa. It is managed by the state railway company. One of its most curious features is that it has a duck’s beak on its front, which generated in its users a reference point, so it is popularly known as Duck. This beautiful train is designed to operate pressure waves and consists of 14 cars, of which two are for driving and the other 12 are used by tourists. It is worth noting that although it has comfortable seats with footrests, to enjoy more comfort you can choose from 4 areas of the train to travel, as it has four classes, each more exclusive than the other. Travelling on this train is not boring at all, since you can enjoy videos and music in your seat during the journey, too bad that the trip lasts so little time.
Position 4: Velaro E.
This second train has the capacity to run up to 350 km/h and was developed by the German company Siemens, experts in engineering. Like the previous one, its commercial route is between Barcelona and Madrid and is known as AVS 103. Its importance lies in the fact that in only 2 hours and a half it can take its passengers from one point to another, thanks to its 8,800 kW, which allows it to cover more than 600 km in this time, which obviously makes it possible for it to be called one of the fastest trains in the world today, which has been in service for 13 years. It has the capacity to transport 404 passengers in its 8 carriages, however, it can surpass this mark by carrying 808 passengers if the two complete command units are activated.
Position 3: AGV Italo
Although the two trains mentioned above reach high speeds, in Europe the fastest train is the AVG Ítalo, whose initials stand for Automotrice à grande vitesse, in Spanish, a high-speed wagon, since it can travel at 360 km/h. It was built by the French company Alstom and cost 650 million euros. Its commercial route is between Rome and Naples, a route that is 225 km long and has been in use for 13 years, taking its passengers from one destination to another in only 1 hour. The most impressive thing about the AVG Italo train is that 98% of its elements are totally recyclable, which gives it a phenomenal plus, being a means of transport that generates a lower environmental impact. It consists of 11 cars, also divided into classes, however, in any of them you will find leather seats, live TV and free Wi-Fi service.
Position 2: Harmony CRH 380A
In this position you will find the second fastest train in the world. In China, as you read, this train can travel up to 380 km/h, but it even ran at 416.15 km/h when they were performing the first tests. It has 10 years traveling between Shanghai and Nanjing. It is characterized by its fish shape in the front and is made of low weight aluminum, which allows it to decrease the aerodynamic pressure and run fast. This train is able to carry 494 users, who by the way do not travel at all uncomfortable, since in their positions they can enjoy a reading lamp and an electronic screen. But those who want a more comforting experience can buy their ticket for the VIP tourism area, which is very close to the control booth and from which you can see the train in operation. Another important curiosity of the CRH 380A is that it has an exclusive area to dispense drinks and food to its passengers.
Position 1: Shanghai Maglev
We arrived at the first place, this train located in China with a speed of 430 km/h that can reach in 4 minutes. It works by magnetic levitation and its cost was approximately one billion euros. It travels a total of 30 km in just 7 and a half minutes. It can transport up to 574 people who pay between 8 and 16 dollars to use it, as it has a VIP area and since its inauguration in 2004 there is still no railway system that exceeds its qualities.