High-speed rail

significantly faster advanced rail transport & tech-enhanced infrastructure systems
Eurostar and Thalys PBA TGVs side-by-side in the Paris-Gare du Nord. Eurostar trains connect London with Brussels and Paris through the Channel Tunnel. Thalys trains connect Paris with Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne.
World speed record holding (581 km/h) JR-Maglev in Yamanashi, Japan

High-speed rail is a type of passenger rail transport that operates significantly faster than the normal rail traffic. Specific definitions include 200 km/h (125 mph) and faster — depending on whether the track is upgraded or new — by the European Union, and above 90 mph (145 km/h) by the United States Federal Railroad Administration, but there is no single standard, and lower speeds can be required by local constraints.[1][2]


  1. "General definitions of highspeed". International Union of Railways. Retrieved 2007-05-02.
  2. "High-Speed Rail". Federal Railroad Administration. Retrieved 2007-05-02.