Land speed record for railed vehicles

Land speed record for railed vehicles

Determination of the fastest railed vehicle in the world varies depending on the definition of "rail".

The French TGV ("Train à Grande Vitesse") is the fastest conventional train in the world, using powered metal wheels riding on metal rails. In April 2007, the TGV broke its own 1990 record with a new speed of 574.8 km/h (357.18 mph) under test conditions with a shortened train (two power cars and three passenger cars).

The Japanese JR-Maglev is the fastest non-conventional train in the world, having achieved 581 km/h (361 mph) on a magnetic-levitation track. Unmanned rocket sleds that ride on rails have reached over 10,400 km/h (6,462 mph), equivalent to Mach 8.5. The fastest manned rail vehicle is a manned rocket sled, that travelled at 1,017 km/h (635 mph).


Conventional wheeled

Electric multiple units

Fourth rail electric




Unmodified (commercially operated)

Top speed

Conventional wheeled

Scheduled trains

Average speed, from station to station

Average speed, between terminating stations

Rocket sled


ee also

* Land speed record
* List of vehicle speed records

External links

* [ TGV 2007 record]
* [ TGV 2007 record - SNCF Press release] , [ SNCF Press release 2]
* [ Alstom V 150] , [ Alstom Press release]
* [ Reuters TGV record] , [ Reuters TGV record video]
* [ Railway Speed Records]
* [ World Speed Records]
* [ byun byun Shinkansen]
* [ Fastest steam locomotive]
* [ RDECOM magazine 'Super Roadrunner' breaks land speed record]
* [ 846 TS HYPERSONIC UPGRADE PROGRAM (contains World Speed Record video)]
* [ World Speed Survey 1997]
* [ Retrouvez sur cette page les chiffres clés des records sur rail dans le monde]
* [ Railway developments worldwide]
* [ World Speed Survey 2007] "Railway Gazette International September 2007"

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