As the limits of cities are stretching, the demand for better transportation is on the rise. Infrastructure for the fast moving transport system is developing all over the globe. These trains are helping in the decentralization of population in cities and providing comfortable journeys to their passengers. Japan was the first country to begin the operation of fast-moving trains in mid-sixties. Later, many European and Asian countries joined the revolution. Let’s have a look at some of the fastest trains in the world.

Shanghai Maglev, China

Shanghai Magnetic levitation or Maglev train started its operation in the year 2004. The train connects Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the outskirts of the central Pudong district. The top operational speed of this train is 431 km/h. With its top speed, the train covers the journey of 31 kms in just 7 minutes and 20 seconds.

Harmony CRH 380A, China

The CRH 380A started its operation in the year 2010 on Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed railway line. It was further extended to Beijing. This train holds the record of world’s longest high-speed train that covers 1140 km in around 5 hours and runs over 244 bridges along the line. 87% of the track is elevated, and the line includes 22 tunnels. The service airlines slashed their flight prices between Shanghai and Beijing by 65% to compete with this train.

AGV Italo, Italy

The AGV Italo started its operation in the year 2012 between Rome and Naples. It covers the distance of 225 km between these two cities in just an hour. The AGV won the award for improving the quality of life in the year 2013. This train can attain the highest commercial speed of 360 km/hr. It has recently completed its five years of successful operation. AGV’s energy consumption is 20% lower than other high-speed trains due to its lightweight, less number of bogies, and permanent magnet motors.

Siemens Velaro E/AVS 103, Spain

The Siemens Velaro high-speed train started its operation between the cities of Madrid and Barcelona in the year 2006. With its highest speed, the train covers the distance of 651 km in just 150 minutes. This electric multiple unit train has eight coaches with the maximum capacity of 404 passengers.

Talgo 350, Spain

Talgo 350 HSR is a high-speed railway operation that runs between the cities of Madrid and Barcelona. It started its operation in the year 2005. The train has an aerodynamic nose that is designed to handle air pressure and reduce noise pollution. Its front part resembles the shape of duck’s beak that’s why it has got its nickname ‘Pato’ which means duck.

With the success of these high-speed railways, several other countries are considering the project in their cities. India is among one of the countries that are planning to develop high-speed corridors in its major cities. These trains made life easier and convenient for the commuters.