The GoEuro search engine, that allows people to compare and book rail, bus and flights all in one spot, has placed Japan’s insanely fast Maglev bullet train as the world’s fastest train.
Earlier, a Japan Railway maglev train had hit 603 kilometers per hour (374 miles per hour) on an experimental track in Yamanashi, setting a decisive new world record. The train spent 10.8 seconds traveling above 600 kilometers per hour, during which it covered 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles).
Not surprisingly in GoEuro report, Asian trains were ranked first, third and fourth, for Japan, China, and South Korea, respectively.
High-speed rail networks in France, Spain, Italy and Germnay were ranked 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th, respectively.
Map of the Fastest Rail Routes in Europe:
“Of the 20 countries in the world in which high-speed trains operate, the U.S. and Russia, both have the lowest coverage of their high-speed rail networks, each with less than one percent,” the GoEuro study said.
“Fascinatingly, in comparison only 1.62 per cent of tracks in South Korea are considered High-Speed, but between them they cover more than 44 per cent of the country’s population. China, with more than 66,298 km of railways have covered 29.22 per cent of them with high speed tracks; however, these lines only serve 10.7 per cent of their population,” the study said.
In terms of operating speed, Germany, Spain and France are equivalent with Japan, just behind China, but above South Korea.
GoEuro’s Ranking of High-Speed Trains:
“More than 20 per cent of population of Austria and Spain have direct access to high-speed lines, followed closely by Italy and Germany with around 18 per cent. Finally, despite its small size, approximately 12 per cent of the Netherlands has access to high-speed trains,” it said.
GoEuro’s study measured the total population coverage of high-speed train lines, that being the percentage of the population who have access to high-speed trains from their home city. Other considerations included the ratio of high-speed trains to regular trains, the average ticket price by distance traveled, and the maximum and daily operating speeds of the trains.