High-speed rail is a type of rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional rail traffic, using an integrated system of specialized rolling stock and dedicated tracks. The first such system began operations in Japan in 1964 and was widely known as the bullet train.
Maximum commercial speed is about 300 km/h (186 mph) for the majority of national high speed railways (Japan, China, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, UK) or 320 km/h (199 mph) in France and Spain.
During a non-commercial test run on 12 November 2003, a Shanghai Maglev Train train achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 km/h (311 mph). The top operational speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) is also faster than the top speed of any Formula One car.
The Shanghai Maglev Train – 250mph – from WINDING ROAD
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