Land speed record for rail vehicles

Land Speed Record For Rail Vehicles

Land speed record for rail vehicles

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

Official absolute world record for conventional train is held by the French TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse). In April 2007, a specially tuned train, reduced to 3 cars with higher voltage, broke the world record, reaching .

The world record for non-conventional train is held by the experimental Japanese JR-Maglev, having achieved on a magnetic-levitation track.

Unmanned rocket sleds that ride on rails have reached over , equivalent to Mach 8.5.

The fastest manned rail vehicle was a manned rocket sled, that travelled at .

Scheduled trains

Average speed, from station to station

Average speed, between terminating stations

Top speed, first attained

Conventional wheeled


Unmodified commercial trains in test run

Average speed, over long distance

Demonstration or other special workings with record average speed over distances of more than 160&nbsp;km (100&nbsp;miles).

Top speed

Conventional wheeled


Special built trains for test only

Conventional wheeled

Electric multiple units

Electric locomotives

Third rail electric

Fourth rail electric

Gas turbine






Narrow gauge



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