Toot sweet: The world’s 21 fastest trains

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Since the introduction of high-speed rails in 1964, humanity has raced to design trains with greater efficiency, economy, and most of all, speed. Some countries are winning this race. Meanwhile, others tend to take plans for high-speed infrastructure and well …  ride them out of town on a rail.

Since logistics make it impossible to race the world’s trains in real life, we decided to compile a list of the world’s 20 fastest high-speed trains in commercial operation in 2020 and teamed up with animators to race them on the internet.

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Methodology and Sources

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

We compiled a list of the world’s 20 fastest trains using this list of the world’s fastest high-speed trains in commercial operation in 2020. Then we conducted research into the fastest trains of the future using the following sources:

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21. Vibrant Express

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 250 km/hour (155.3 mph)

Country: Hong Kong

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20. US Passenger Train

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 127 km/hr (79 mph)

Country: U.S.

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19. THSR 700T

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 300 km/hr (186.4 mph)

Country: Taiwan

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18. Thalys TGV, .ICE 3 Eurostar E32C

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 300 km/hr (186.4 mph)

Country: Netherlands

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17. Thalys TGV, Eurostar E320

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 300 km/hour (186.4 mph)

Country: Belgium

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16. TGV

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 320 km/hr (198.8 mph)

Country: France

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15. Talgo 250

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 230 km/hr (142.9 mph)

Country: Uzbekistan

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14. Shanghai Transrapid

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 431 km/h (267.8 mph)

Country: China

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13. Pergrine Falcon

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 250 km/hr (155.3 mph)

Country: Russia

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12. Pendolino Astoro

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 250 km/hr (155.3 mph)

Country: Switzerland

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11. MO Ice 3

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 300 km/hr (186.4 mph)

Country: Germany

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10. KTX I / KTX-Sancheon

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 305 km/hr (189.5 mph)

Country: South Korea

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9. I Frecciarossa 1000, AGV 575

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Maximum speed: 300 km/hr (186.4 mph)

Country:

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8. Eurostar E320

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 320 km/hr (198.8 mph)

Country: U.K.

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7. ES, E6, H5 Series Shinkansen

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 320 km/hr (198.8 mph)

Country: Japan

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6. CR400AF/ CR400BF

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Maximum speed: 350 km/hr (217.5 mph)

Country: China

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5. B Talgo 350 SRO

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 300 km/hr (186.4 mph)

Country: Saudi Arabia

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4. AVE Class 100, 102, 103, 112

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 300 km/hr (186.4 mph)

Country: Spain

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3. Amtrak Acela Express

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 241 km/hr (150 mph)

Country: U.S.

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2. Al Boraq

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 320 km/hr (198.8 mph)

Country: Morocco

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1.131 TCDD HT80000

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

Maximum speed: 250 km/hr (155.3 mph)

Country: Turkey

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Top 3 Fastest Trains that Leave the Others in the Dust

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

While other trains have achieved higher speeds under perfect conditions, the Shanghai Transrapid‘s regular operating speed of 267.8 mph (431 km/h) earns it the title of the fastest commercial train in the world.

Built by the German companies Siemens and ThyssenKrupp, this maglev uses an electromagnetic suspension to eliminate friction by hovering above the track. However, don’t expect to see much of the countryside from its windows; the train only runs 19 miles between Longyang Road and Pudong International Airport.

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Fastest Train

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

With an operating speed of 217.5 mph and a testing speed of 307 mph, the C400AF (or “Blue Dolphin”) & CR400BF (or “Golden Phoenix”) are the fastest models in China’s Fuxing Line, and the second fastest in the world.

Unlike their older brother above, Fuxing trains use conventional EMU; that is, electricity-powered locomotion is applied from multiple cars at once to push them mechanically along the track. The Fuxing connects 16 of China’s provinces, and China is attempting to export the design to other countries.

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A Four-Way Tie

Toot sweet: The world's 21 fastest trains

The third-fastest commercial train in the world is actually a four-way tie between the UK’s E320, Japan’s ES/E6/H5 Shinkansen, Morocco’s Al Boraq and France’s TGV. However, while all of these trains operate at a regular speed of 198.8 mph, the TGV stands out from the pack.

It achieved a record 357.2 mph under test conditions in 2007. The TGV boars several unique design features such as in-cab signalling and shared axles between cars.

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This article originally appeared on FleetLogging.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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