Land Speed Record for Rail Vehicles

Land Speed Record for Rail Vehicles

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Determination of the fastest rail vehicle in the world varies depending on the definition of "rail." The Japanese JR-Maglev is the fastest non-conventional train in the world, having achieved 581 km/h on a magnetic-levitation track. Unmanned rocket sleds that ride on rails have reached over 10,400 km/h, equivalent to Mach 8.5. The fastest manned rail vehicle was a manned rocket sled, that travelled at 1,017 km/h. The French TGV is the fastest conventional train in the world, using powered metal wheels riding on metal rails. In April 2007, a heavily modified TGV unit broke its own 1990 record with a speed of 574.8 km/h; the record was achieved under special test conditions with a shortened train, engines with increased power output and larger wheels to reduce angular speed in the motors.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 122g
  • Chromo Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6135763806
  • 9786135763805