High-speed rail (HSR) is a type of passenger rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional rail traffic. High speed trains travel at their maximum speed on specific tracks, generally using standard gauge (except Russia and Finland), with avoiding at-grade crossings, and few curves. Below are some of the HSR trains from around the world, so check them out.
10. SNCF TGV Réseau
The SNCF TGV Réseau (TGV-R) trains were built by Alstom between 1992 and 1996. They are formed of two power cars (8,800 kW/11,800 hp under 25 kV—like the TGV Atlantique) and eight carriages, giving a capacity of 377 seats. They have a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).
09. THSR 700T
The THSR 700T is high-speed electric multiple unit trainset derived from the Japanese Shinkansen family for Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR), Taiwan’s high-speed rail line. 30 trains were delivered to THSR operator Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC), and are in regular service with a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) since the line’s opening on January 5, 2007.
KTX-II, or KTX-Sancheon, is a South Korean high-speed train built by Hyundai Rotem in the second half of the 2000s and operated by Korail since March 2009. With a top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph), the KTX-II is the first commercial high-speed train developed in South Korea.
07. Talgo 350
The Talgo 350 entered service as the RENFE AVE Class 102 marking the company’s entry into the high-speed train manufacturing market. Tests with the prototype commenced in 1994, and Talgo 350 trains have been operating at a top commercial speed of 330 km/h on the Madrid-Barcelona and Madrid-Valladolid line since December 22, 2007. This series of trains are designed to reach a speed of 350 km/h (220 mph), although present lines and commercial services limit the speed at 330 km/h (205 mph).
06. China Railways CRH380A
The CRH380A is a Chinese electric high-speed train that was developed by China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation Limited (CSR) and is currently manufactured by CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd. The CRH380A is designed to operate at a cruise speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) and a maximum of 380 km/h (236 mph) in commercial service. The original 8-car train-set recorded a top speed of 416.6 km/h (258.9 mph) during a trial run and the longer 16-car train-set temporarily held the world record for the fastest production train at 486.1 km/h (302.0 mph).