C’It was on the Welsh rail network in 1804, that the first train journey took place, prompting passion. After exceeding 50 km / h in 1729, 100 km / h in 1750 and 200 km / h in the early 20th century, records of train speeds fell in decades, as summarized. business Insider. These speeds are actually incomparable to the current record, which increases to 600 km / h.
If the current commercial speed is around 300 km / h, some trains have reached very high speeds in terms of test operations. In second place, the French TGV performs well in this ranking, reaching 574.8 km / h in 2007. It overtakes SCMaglev / Shinkansen, a train based on the Japanese rail network, which has been the only one for some time. In 2015 it exceeded 400 km / h with 803 km / h. In China, a train reaching 501 km / h in 2003 completed the podium.
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In the rest of the rankings, there are two other Asian trains, the Chinese CRH380B (487.3 km / h in 2011) and the South Korean KTX (421.4 km / h in 2013). Two European, German ICE (607 km / h in 1949) and Spanish AVE (603.6 km / h in 2007) also have some of the fastest peaks in the world.
Records are going to be broken in future
However, these records could fall in the coming years as a Chinese project aims to cross the 730 km / h barrier with peaks of 730 km / h by 2024, making it possible to specifically link Shanghai to Beijing . 3h30. Other projects, which are currently under development in France, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates, aim to transport passengers at approximately 1,200 km / h using magnetic levitation “capsules” driven along the tunnels.
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This so-called Hyperloop concept was popularized by Tesla manager Elon Musk in 2013, but these tests, which are only in the early stages, have so far struggled to prove themselves as the real alternative to low-speed trains is. High speed “traditional”.