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Top 10 high-speed trains in the world
The Chinese mainland is considering building a high-speed railway across the Siberia and Bering Strait to Alaska, across Canada to the US. In not so distant future, people can take the train from the mainland to the US, according to Beijing Times citing Wang Mengshu, a railway expert and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. High-speed rail has improved the travel experience in a growing number of countries and regions. Now, let's take a look at the 10 fastest trains in the world.
 
No 1: Shanghai Maglev Train, Chinese mainland
Maximum Operating Speed: 268 mph
Record Speed: 311 mph
The Shanghai Maglev train connects Shanghai Pudong International Airport with the Shanghai metro system. It has been recorded at a top speed of 311 mph and its top operating speed is 268 mph, making it the world's fastest commercial train.
 
No 2: Harmony CRH380A, Chinese mainland
Maximum Operating Speed: 236 mph
Record Speed: 302 mph
Running on a more traditional track, the CRH380A has topped out at 302 mph, maxes out commercially at 236 mph and routinely runs at 217 mph. There are currently four models of the train serving different railroad lines in China.
 
No 3: ICE 3, Germany
Operating Speed: 199 mph
Record Speed: 229 mph
Launch Date: 2000
 
No 4: Shinkansen Train E5, Japan
Operating Speed: 199 mph
Record Speed: 223 mph
Launch Date: 2011
 
No 5: TGV Train POS, France
Operating Speed: 199 mph
Record Speed: 357 mph
Launch Date: 2008
 
No 6: AVE Series 103, Spain
Operating Speed: 193 mph
Record Speed: 250 mph
Launch Date: 2006
 
No 7: KTX Sancheon, South Korea
Operating Speed: 190 mph
Record Speed: 217 mph
Launch Date: 2010
 
No 8: ETR 500 Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) and ETR 575 AGV, Italy
Operating Speed: 186 mph
Record Speed: 211 mph (Red Arrow), 224 mph (AGV)
Launch Date: 2008 (Red Arrow), 2012 (AGV)
Italy offers two competing high-speed rail services - the public Red Arrow and the private Automotrice à Grande Vitesse (AGV) - on the same tracks.
 
No 9: Eurostar Class 373, Britain, France and Belgium
Operating Speed: 186 mph
Record Speed: 208 mph
Launch Date: 1993
 
No 10: THSR 700T, Taiwan
Operating Speed: 186 mph
Record Speed: 196 mph
Launch Date: 2007
 
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