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The World's Fastest High-Speed Trains

This article is published in collaboration with Statista

by Niall McCarthy

China is a world leader for many things and that includes high-speed trains. Still, the fastest trains in the world are not without dangers. Following two crashes that killed 40 people in 2017, China's fleet of high-speed trains had their speed temporarily capped at 300km/h. The trains were permitted, though, to return to their maximum operating speed of almost 350 km/h.

China's trains have the highest operating speed of any fleet worldwide, beating the French TGV and Japanese Shinkansen. According to data complied by travel agent Omio, the French train does hold the record for highest speed ever reached at a mind-blowing 575 km/h, even though this is not achieved during normal operations. Japan's Shinkansen ties with the TGV and the Moroccan RGV-M for second-fastest maximum operating speed, but trails several country's high-speed fleets when it comes to top speeds.

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