The Advanced Passenger Train (APT) was a tilting high speed train developed in the 1970s and early 1980s for use on the West Coast Main Line (WCML). The WCML contained many curves, and the APT pioneered the concept of active tilting to address these, a… Read More
The TGV Duplex is the third generation of French high-speed train and is the first TGV trainset to feature double-decker carriages. It was specially designed to increase capacity on high-speed lines with saturated traffic and features a seating capacity of 508 passengers. After its opening… Read More
The TGV Atlantique is the second generation of TGV high-speed trains used in France, built between 1988 and 1992 following on from the TGV Sud-Est. 105 trainsets were built for the opening of the LGV Atlantique line. The Atlantique is made up of two power… Read More
The E4 series shinkansen bullet train is the second series of double-decker Shinkansen trainsets, operating on the Tōhoku, Jōetsu Shinkansen, and occasionally Nagano Shinkansen.
The E3 series Shinkansen was built for Komachi services on the new Akita Shinkansen “mini-shinkansen” line, a regular 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow-gauge line re-gauged to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge.
The E2 series Shinkansen operated on the Tohoku and Hokuriku Shinkansen high-speed lines in 8 and 10 car sets and operate at a maximum speed of 275 km/h (170 mph) on the Tohoku Shinkansen and 260 km/h (160 mph) on the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
The E1 series Shinkansen was in service from July 1994 until September 2012 and were the first double-decker trains built for Japan’s Shinkansen.
The 800 series Shinkansen was introduced in 2004 on the Tsubame service for the Kyushu Shinkansen high-speed rail line. The 800 series maximum design speed is 285 km/h (177 mph) though in service operates at a maximum speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). Following the… Read More
The 500 series Shinkansen high-speed train operated on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines since 1997 and were designed to be capable of 320 km/h (200 mph) but operated at 300 km/h (185 mph).
The 300 series operated on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines between 1992 and 2012. When first introduced, they were used on the fastest Nozomi services, being capable of 270 km/h (170 mph). As more were delivered they replaced earlier 100 series units on the… Read More