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10 Fastest Trains of the World 2013

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While impressive compared to highway speeds, that's nothing next to what real high speed rail can do. Among the fastest in the world, these trains regularly top 200 mph and even crack above the 350 mph mark.

Despite an ongoing legal battle and some tremendous engineering challenges, construction is either in planning or implementation phase worldwide.

Rank 10: Euroduplex | Max. Speed: 320 km/h (200 mph) | Country majorly operated: France, Germany, Switzerland | Developed by:  Alstom | Operated by: ONCF, SNCF

Euroduplex Euroduplex

Rank 9: E5 Series Shinkansen | Max. Speed: 320 km/h (200 mph) and 400 Km/h (during trials)  | Country Operated in: Japan | Developed by: Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries | Operator: East Japan Railway Company

E5-Series-Shinkansen, E5 series, shinkansen

Rank 8: AVE Class 102 | Max. Speed: 330 km/h (210 mph)  | Country Operated in: Spain | Developed by: Talgo, Bombardier | Operator: RENFE

AVE Class 102

Rank 7: THSR 700T | Max. Speed: 330 km/h (208 mph)  | Country Operated: Taiwan | Developed by: Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyo, and Hitachi, Ltd., | Operator: Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR)


Rank 6: Siemens Velaro | Max. Speed: 350 km/h  | Country majorly operated: Germany, Spain, China and Russia | Developed by: Siemens | Operator: Deutsche Bahn, AVE, China Railways CRH3, Russian Railways

Siemens Velaro


Rank 5: Automotrice à grande vitesse, AGV| Max. Speed: 360 km/h (220 mph)  | Country Operated: Spain, Italy | Developed by: Alstom | Operator: Most probably Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori S.p.a. (NTV)

Automotrice à grande vitesse, AGV

Rank 4: CRH380A | Max. Speed: 380 km/h (236 mph) (operation)  | Country Operated: China | Developed by: China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Limited | Operator: Chinese Ministry of Railways-Shanghai Railway Bureau MTRC


Rank 3: Shanghai Maglev Train | Max. Speed: 430 km/h  | Country Operated: China | Developed By:  China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Limited | Operator: Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co., Ltd

Shanghai Maglev Train, Fastest train in the world

Rank 2: Transrapid TR-09 | Max. Speed: 449 km/h (279 mph)  | Country Operated: Germany | Developed by:  Siemens and ThyssenKrupp. | Operator:  InterCityExpress (ICE)


Rank 1: Shinkansen Bullet Train | Max. Speed: 570 km/h  | Country Operated: Japan | Developed By:  Siemens and ThyssenKrupp | Operator: Central Japan Railway

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