*What is a high-speed railway?
While there is no standard definition, a railway system designed for speeds above 250 kmph is generally called high speed.
*How many countries have high-speed railway networks?
Sixteen countries have high-speed railways. Of them, China boasts the world’s longest network, with 27,000 km of such tracks. Japan, Spain, France and Germany have network of 1,000 km or more.
*When and where was the first high-speed train built?
Japan inaugurated its high-speed line between Tokyo and Osaka in 1964. The famous Shinkansen ‘bullet train’ (named for its shape) could reach a speed of 210 kmph. Read More…