Passengers view the CRH2 China Railways High-speed bullet train as it arrives from Hangzhou, at the Shanghai South Railway Station. Earlier this week, China set a record speed of 302 miles per hour during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai. Railway officials say they want to reach speeds over 312 mph.
Trains of Taiwan's high-speed rail company rest at the platform at Zuoying station, south of Kaohsiung city. Trains with a service top speed of 186 mph travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung as fast as 90 minutes, compared to over four hours for a train on the conventional train.
KTX - Korea
A South Korean Express (KTX) train arrives at Busan railroad station, 460Km southeast of Seoul.The second phase of the Seoul-Busan project entered service last month, with a couple sections across urban areas remaining for completion in 2014. Top speed for trains in regular service is currently 190 miles per hour, while the infrastructure is designed for a top speed of 217 MPH.
The Maglev (magnetic levitation) train speeds during a test run on the experimental track in Tsuru, 100km west of Tokyo, on May 11, 2010.The test runs have 275 mph for conventional rail and up to a 361 mph for maglev trains.
Alta Velocidad Espa
The first high-speed train, the Alta Velocidad Espa
Eurostar is a high-speed passenger rail service connecting London with Paris and Brussels. All its trains traverse the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, owned and operated separately by Eurotunnel. The line reaches a speed of 186 mph.
Passengers leave a TGV (Train
MLX01 maglev train at Yamanashi test track. A magnetic levitation train system, a three-car train reached a maximum speed of 361 mph.
Transrapid 09 high speed train rushes in the rain on the test track in Lathen, Germany. The first commercial implementation was completed in 2004. Transrapids allow for maximum speeds of 550 km/hour.
A progenitor of later super-fast commuter trains, a Japanese Maglev train, the MLU001 reached a top speed of 248.9 mph in 1987.