Thought trains are slow and cumbersome creatures of the track? Well, you wouldn’t after having watched the above video. If you were watching the news on April 2007, you would know this already. But for those of you who don’t, we suggest you watch this amazing piece of French engineering belting down a stretch of track at almost 47% the speed of sound! The train in question here, is called the Train à Grande Vitesse or simply, the TGV. Train à Grande Vitesse stands for “High-speed train” in French and this train well and truly deserves that accolade.
It wasn’t carrying any fare-paying passengers. But on a test run like this, would you?
Almost 8 years on, this TGV still holds the record of the world’s fastest train on conventional railway tracks. That speed is a staggering 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph)! However, in regular commercial use, the TGV ‘only’ does a snail-like 300 km/h (186.4 mph). Mind you, that is still twice as fast as the fastest train in India. Anyway, let us know what you thought about this amazing train and its colossal speed.