5 Fastest Train in The WorldApr 7th, 2011 | By wownesia | Category: Technology
Japan with its technology has been able to realize the high-speed railway system that covers the whole country. Shinkansen, also known as bullet train, is one of the superfast train, super safe (because, 40 years of operation without a mean accident) and super comfortable. In 2003, three JR-Maglev train carriages have been able to reach speeds of 581 km / h (361 mph) on a magnetic track with Magnetic Levitation technology.
2. TGV – France. 320 km / h (199 mph) top speed of 574.8 km / h (357.2 mph)
TGV is the flagship product from France, almost the same as the icon of the Eiffel tower and Baguettes. This high-speed train service was originally developed in the 1970s and opened to the public in 1981. At this time, unto 150 cities in France and several foreign cities located in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy and Switzerland applying this train.
Among the kinds and types of TGV, which is the most high-speed is TGV Réseau and Duplexand TGV, which speeds around 320 km / h (199 mph). In the year 2007, SNCF, which is the TGV operator and Alstom, which is TGV builder, has conducted a series of experiments. Official speed record held on 3 April 2007, when the TGV reaches a top speed of 574.8 km / h (159.6 m / s, 357.2 mph). This is the fastest conventional trains that use metal wheels on metal rails.
3. Shanghai Maglev Train – China. 250 km / h (160 mph), top speed 431 km / h (268 mph)
High-speed monorail train called the Transrapid is a German-made train that uses magnetic Levitation technology. This train has been running in Shanghai, China. Shanghai Maglev Train running with the distance is 30 km from the airport in 7 minutes 20 seconds, with an average speed of 250 km / h (160 mph) and a peak speed of 431 km / h (268 mph). Monorail Transrapid train is not implemented for long distances between cities.
4. CRH – China. 350 km / h (217 mph) top speed of 394.3 km / h (245 mph)
China Railway High-Speed, which is the Chinese railway system, already operates a number of bullet train models like CRH1, CRH2, CRH3, CRH4 and CHR5. CRH3 type is the fastest, based on Velaro Sony Ericsson technology, designed to run at a speed of 350km / hour (though in 2008, a CRH3 reach a top speed of 394.3 km / h (245 mph) during tests carried out between Beijing and Tianjin).
Another fastest model is CRH2, produced by Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries. In October 2009 the Ministry of Railways announced that they plan to invest 1.2 trillion yuan ($ 175.44 billion) to develop and expand the railway system in China. The goal is to have 13,000 km line of passengers in 2012. A new contract high-speed trains has also been signed between the Ministry of Chinese railway technology through a licensing agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
5. AVE – Spain. 300 km / h (186 mph)
AVE, which means the Spanish High Speed (Alta Velocidad Española), is a train that have a speed to 300 km / h (186 mph). Trains are operated by RENFE, the Spanish railway company, but there are also private operators like Alvia, which runs at a maximum speed of 250 km / h (155 mph).