Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Fastest Trains in the World


The invention of the train is what turned America into a superpower. 
It changed overland travel, reducing the time it took from months 
and weeks to days and hours. As the technology advanced, many 
gave up on trains as a form of transportation in favor of airplanes, 
but train technology took incredible steps ahead as well. These 
trains zoom between destinations in speeds cars can only dream 
about.

10. TSHR 700T

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This train runs the line between Taipei and Kaohsiung in Taiwan. With a 
top speed of 300Km/h (185mph), the THSR 700T shortened travel time 
between these two cities from 4 hours to 1.5 hours. The initial investment 
for the production of the first 30 trains cost approximately $3.4 billion.

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9. ETR Frecciarossa Trains

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These refurbished trains travel at speeds of 300Km/h (185mph) 
between Rome and Milan, Italy. They are equipped with climate-control 
and an advanced silencing system, as well as ergonomic seats meant 
to provide with the utmost comfort for passengers.

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8. TVG Duplex

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It took eight years to develop the TGV Duplex. It has 512 seats, divided 
into upper and lower decks. It’s built of light-weight aluminum and mainly 
runs on the Paris-Marsalis line, as well as several others. 
(Top speed – 300Km/h)

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7. Alstom Euroduplex

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This train’s career began in 2011 and was the only one of its 
series to be upgraded to a duplex train capable of running at 320Km/h 
(198mph), while carrying 1,020 passengers. These trains were 
designed to work in Germany, France, Switzerland and Luxemburg.

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6. 320E5 Series Shinkansen Hayabusa

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The fastest train in Japan entered service in 2011 and can reach 
speeds of 320Km/h (198mph). The train was designed with a 
unique elongated “nose” to reduce the noise it creates as it travels 
through the many tunnels along its path.

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5. Taglo (T350)

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Nicknamed “The Duck” thanks to the elongated front end, this train 
will take you from Barcelona or Madrid to Valladolid in Spain, and 
in speeds of 350Km/h (217mph).

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4. Siemens Velaro E / AVS 103

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The fourth fastest train in the world travels the line between Madrid and 
Barcelona on a track measuring 621Km (385 miles). It is the fastest 
train in Spain and reaches speeds of 350Km/h, though during one 
ride it went as fast as 403Km/h (250mph)!

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3. AVG Italo

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The most modern train in Europe started its service in 2012 and runs
the Naples-Rome-Florence-Milan-Bologna line. This 360Km/h 
(223mph) train is known for its comfortable seats, low 
maintenance, energy efficiency and the quietness of the cabins.

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2. Harmony CRH 380E

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If you travel between Shanghai and Beijing, take the Harmony lines. 
It took four and a half years to build the tracks, cost upwards of
$17 billion and is now the world’s second-fastest train. Before the 
construction of this line, the 1,000Km (621 miles) drive would 
take about 10 hours. Now, this long ride takes less than 3 hours, 
and the train rockets at speeds of 380Km/h (236mph).

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1. Shanghai Maglev

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The journey from Shanghai to Shanghai Airport only takes 7 
minutes and 20 seconds, thanks to the incredible maglev train. 
This train uses magnets to levitate above the tracks, thus 
reducing friction and reaching speeds of 430Km/h (267mph).

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Bonus: The Hyperloop

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In late 2013, the CEO of Tesla Motors, Mr. Elon Musk, introduced 
his plans to revolutionize transportation by constructing a 
Hyperloop train. The Hyperloop is an enclosed track in a 
vacuum, in which pressurized capsules carry people and 
cargo at speeds of between 962Km/h and 1,220 Km/h 
(598mph – 760mph). Such speeds will mean that travel 
between New York and Los Angeles would only take 
45 minutes!

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