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Coolest Trains in the World

As GCC railway projects worth over $100 billion are under away Kipp takes a look at some of the world’s coolest trains.

March 21, 2011 3:53 by

  • Kipp put together this list of super cool trains after we read about this report on GCC railway projects which altogether amount to $106.2 billion. Saudi Arabia dominates the list of GCC rail projects with a total of 23 projects amounting to $25.6 billion including the $6 billion Makkah-Madinah Railway Link. The UAE is not too far behind boasting eight railway projects, valued at $20.6 billion, including the $11 billion Emirates Railway Project.

    Either way, though Kipp thinks the Dubai Metro is pretty cool, we think it hardly compares to these uber fast super slick trains.

  • The CRH2 is a modified E 2-1000 series Shinkansen design and is one among the fastest train models in China. It travels at speeds of up to 350 KM/H.

  • The AVE (Alta Velocidad Español) is one of Spain’s fastest trains.  It travels as fast as 300 KM/H meaning travelling from Madrid to Barcelona will take no more than 3 hours.

  • In 1989, the TR-07 ran from Hamburg reaching a speed of 435KM/H with a much reduced noise level due to its engine design. Currently backed by magnetic levitation, the newer versions can reach a speed of over 500 KM/H.

  • The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) is France's high-speed rail service that was developed during the 1970s by GEC-Alsthom (now Alstom) and SNCF. A TGV test train driven on on 3 April 2007 set the record for the fastest wheeled train, reaching 574.8 KM/H.

  • In the 1990’s this was the fastest train in Japan. It was an older version of the magnetic levitation (maglev, for those in the know) Shinkansen and would run at a speed of 515 KM/H.

  • This is an older version of the maglev Shinkansen, running at speeds of 515 KM/H in 1990. This was a fastest train in Japan during the 1990’s.

  • This maglev train line operates in Shanghai, China was the first commercial high-speed maglev line in the world, in 2003 it achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 KM/H. The route was designed to help connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport to the outskirts of central Shanghai.

  • The KTX is 388 m long,has a total of 935 seats and with acceleration capacity to reach 300 KM/H in 6 minutes and 8 seconds. Although used to the easy going pace of the metro (which we reckon doesn’t go faster than 80KM/H), Kipp wouldn’t mind getting our hair on end riding the regional versions of these uber sleek machines.


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