The greatest speed reached by a train was measured in 19 November 2003 in Japan, when a Central Japan Railway Co. 3-car train hit 581 kilometers per hour (361 miles per hour). This train was electromagnetically levitated. The fastest run with wheels on track occurred on 3 April 2007, in France, when the V150 trainset reached 574.8 km/h (357 mph), continuing a more than 30-year string of world speed records set by the TGV™ trains of SNCF.
Both of the above trains were research vehicles. In both France and Japan, trains in ordinary service routinely reach 300 km/h (186 mph).
Research Model of French Train Beats a Speed Record, Hitting 357 Miles an Hour.
The New York Times, April 4, 2007. Page C4.
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