IRCTC: The Fastest Trains Around the Globe

Bullet trains are a reality around the world and are getting faster and faster day by day. Japan's well-known high-speed bullet trains offer visitors an experience like no others. High-speed rail is a category of rail transport that operates faster than traditional rail traffic. The global high-speed rail network is one of the greatest achievements of modern engineering and proves to be the best form of transportation ever invented.
 Indian railways

  • Shanghai Maglev is the world’s fastest train which runs from Shanghai International Airport to Longyang metro station in just seven minutes using magnetic levitation (maglev) technology hitting a maximum speed of 431 kmph.
  • Chain Railway’s Harmony with a speed of 350 kmph, is the world fastest non-maglev passenger train currently in service connecting Shanghai and Nanjing.
  • Italy’s ‘Red Arrow’ is the fastest passenger train from Milan to Florence to Rome with a speed of 360kmph.
  • Valero E is Spain’s fastest train with a speed of 320 kmph and is used for long distance service touching major Spanish cities travel from Barcelona to Paris.
  • Japan’s high speed bullet train also known as Shinkansen trains offer visitors an experience with speed reaching 320 kmph.
  • DeutscheBahn’s ICE or Inter-City Express with a speed of 300 kmph is Germany’s fastest train designed by Siemens.
  • Thalys at 300 kmph connects Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Cologne, is Europe’s most important train lines for both leisure and business travelers.
  • Eurostar with a speed of 171 kmph travels between London, Paris, and Brussels.
The Hayabusa E5 series Shinkansen is the part of a new generation Japanese high-speed train with a maximum operating speed of 320 kmph. It carries only 900 passengers per trip as it floats above the track using electromagnets to create a frictionless ride. These new generation trains are designed to be faster and more comfortable than ever before. The Japanese magnetic levitation train has broken the world speed record. However, Japan is not the only country to boast of rail travel of such super speeds.

If a train of this speed runs in India, the distance from Delhi to Mumbai can be covered in 2 hrs. Though Japan and France have successfully tested trains at record speed, but China continues to be a leader in trains with high operational speed.

 Indian Railways

The launch of the semi-high speed Gatimaan Express has made it the fastest train in the country with an average speed of 113 km/hr connecting New Delhi and Agra. The clocked maximum speed of Gatimaan Express is 160km/hr, Shatabdi Express is 150 km/hr and Rajdhani Express is 130 km/hr. Soon 500 km/hr ultra-high speed Maglev trains will become a reality as Indian Railways is considering options to run trains on magnetic tracks in the country, similar to ones used in Japan, Germany, China and South Korea. The bullet train is expected to cover 508 km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, in about two hours with a maximum operating speed of 320 kmph. Indian Railways has adopted a long-termed policy to implement this high-speed train projects on various routes in the country. Apart from the Mumbai to Ahmedabad high-speed corridor (bullet train) which has already been sanctioned, there are five other corridors which have been identified by Indian Railways. Indian Railways plans to introduce Diamond Quadrilateral project to establish high-speed railway network connecting the main metros in India. Indian Railways is trying its level best to make bullet trains and semi-high speed trains a reality in various routes across India in the near future.


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