Syed Sharjeel Askari
Trains are one of the most widely used modes of transport, while travelling usually from one city to another, and sometimes from one country to another.
Pakistan is one of the developing countries and recently, there have been many positive changes in our country, and it is safe to say that we, as a nation, are moving towards betterment.
One of the needs of the hour in our country is the betterment of the railway system. The fastest train in the country, at the moment, is 42Dn Karakoram Express, which is recorded to travel at a speed of 120 kilometres/hour.
On January 20, 2019, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, while addressing the business community at the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) had said that Pakistan Railways will launch fastest-ever train service in the country with the speed of 260 kilometres/hour.
We really hope that Pakistan will soon introduce one of the fastest train services in the world. There have been some really fast trains over the past decade. Here is the list of the seven fastest trains in the world.
7 Alstom Euroduplex: This European train travels at very high speeds of over 300 kilometres per hour. Alstom Euroduplex operates in almost all countries of Europe including France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. This is the only double- deck train in the world that is completely computerized and carries more than 1000 passengers.
6 E5 Series Shinkansen Hayabusa: This Japanese train is capable of achieving speeds of over 350 kilometres per hour and its first official journey in early 2011. This is one of the very few smooth trains that operates without noise and carries more than 1000 passengers with great agility.
5 Talgo 350: This Spanish train is capable of generating speeds of 370 kilometres per hour and was first operated in 2005. This train is specially designed to reduce noise pollution. The service inside the train is absolutely amazing and carries more than 800 passengers. Talgo 350 travels from Madrid to all parts of Spain with no interruption.
4 Siemens Velaro E/ AVS 103: This is the fastest train in Spain and is capable of reaching speeds of over 400 kilometres per hour. Velaro E frequently carries passengers in huge quantities from Madrid to Barcelona on historic railways during the wee hours.
3 AVG Italo: This Italian train travels at an average speed of 350 kilometres per hour and is capable of reaching amazing speeds of over 500 kilometres per hour. The train travels from Milan to Rome on docile tracks. The train mostly operates after midnight from southern Italy and during the peak hours from central Italy to other parts of the country.
2 Harmony CRH 380A: This Chinese train travels at lightening speeds of more than 400 kilometers per hours and is known to reach an amazing speed of 510 kilometers per hour. This train is known to cover great distance from northern China to southern China in just a few hours.
1 Shanghai Maglev: This Chinese train is officially known as the fastest train in the world. Shanghai Maglev travels at an average speed of 400 kilometres per hour and is capable of exceeding speeds of 530 kilometres per hour. The train had its first official journey in April 2004. New railway lines were constructed for these trains to travel from Beijing to Shanghai, and from Guangzhou to Shanghai. This high speed maglev vehicle carries more than 1200 passengers, and is known to travel from Beijing to Shanghai in less than four hours.