Friday, August 5, 2011

Countries With High-Speed Rails: The 30 Fastest and Most Convenient Trains From Around the World II

At present, China holds the record of most high speed train with 6,158 followed by Spain with 2,665 and Japan with 2,118.

It is quite unbelievable but the mighty United States has only one HSR or high-speed rail line in operation. Check out other countries with HSR.

1.) Taiwan

Name: THSR 700T
Country: Taiwan
Maximum speed 300 km/h
It is the fastest train in Taiwan

It operates on a speed of 300 km/h but capable of attaining 315 km/h.

2.) Italy

Name: New Pendolino ETR 600/ETR610
Country: Italy
Maximum speed: 250 km/h
It is one of the most modern trains in Italy.

3.) Russia

Name: Velaro RUS EVS (Sapsan)
Country: Russia
Maximum speed: 250 km/h
It set a record for the fastest train in Russia on May 7, 2009, travelling at 290 km/h.

4.) Japan

Name: E4 Series Shinkansen
Country:  Japan
Maximum speed 240 km/h
It features double-decker cars to accommodate additional commuter.

It carries a total of 1,634 seated passengers - the highest-capacity high-speed rail trainset in the world

5.) United States of America

Name: Acela Express
Country: United States
Maximum speed: 240 km/h
It is the only high-speed rail line in operation in the US.
It uses tilting technology which allows the train to travel at higher speeds on the sharply curved NEC without disturbing passengers.

6.) Czech Republic

Name: CD Class 680
Country: Czech Republic
Maximum speed: 237 km/h
It uses tilting Pendolino technology.

The train was featured in the 2006 James Bond film “Casino Royale”.

7.) Finland

Name: Karelian Trains Sm6 Allegro
Country: Finland
Maximum speed 220 km/h
It is the fastest train in Finland

The top speed of the train in passenger traffic is 220 km/h.

8.) Portugal

Name: Alfa Pendular
Country: Portugal
Maximum speed: 220 km/h
It is a high-speed tilting train and the fastest in Portugal

9.) Czech Republic

Name: Automotrice à grande vitesse (AGV)
Country: Czech Republic
Maximum speed: 210 km/h
It is the fastest train in the Czech Republic

10.) Norway

Name: NSB Class 73
Country: Norway
Maximum speed 210 km/h
It is Norway’s fastest trains.

The trains have a capacity for 208 seated passengers in the A-series and 250 in the B-series. The trains have tilting mechanism allowing for faster travel through curves.

11.) Sweden

Name: X 2000
Country: Sweden
Maximum speed: 276 km/h
Operational speed: 204 km/h
It is the fastest train in Sweden

The train offers free use of fax machine and there is a bistro on board that serves snack bar-style dishes.

12.) United Kingdom

Name: British Rail Class 360
Country: United Kingdom
Maximum speed: 200 km/h
It is the fastest train in the United Kingdom

It is one of the fastest domestic electric multiple units operating in Britain.

13.) Switzerland

Name: SBB RABD 500
Country: Switzerland
Maximum speed: 200 km/h
It is the fastest train in Switzerland.

14.) United Kingdom

Name: British Rail Class 221 Super Voyager
Country: United Kingdom
Maximum speed 125 mph (200 km/h)

This train is equipped with a tilting mechanism enabling up to six degrees of tilt to allow higher speeds on curved tracks.

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