Indian Railways Looking At Ultra High-Speed Trains — The 500km/h Levitation Dream?

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Indian Railways is looking to explore technologies that will help it run trains at a top speed of 500km/h.

In order to take the 500km/h mission further, the Railways is organising a one-day international conference on September 2 on technology for ultra high speed rolling stock for operation at maximum speeds of 500 km/h and above. 

The conference has evoked interest from all major players in the field of ultra-high speed transportation. Major players in high-speed transport like HyperLoop Transport Technology and Quadralev (both from the U.S.A.), Talgo (Spain), RTRI (Japan), Siemens and Knorr Bremse( both from Germany), and Prose (Switzerland) are all expected to attend the conference in the national capital, New Delhi.

The Railways has also floated an Expression of Interest (EoI) tender for the development, construction, and running of ultra-high speed railway systems in India. The last date for the EoI tender is September 6, and four international players have already expressed interest in the tender.

The EoI tender will  showcase the various high-speed options available to the railways and is expected to enable the Railways to get on with sanctioning the ultra-high speed transport system.

Currently, the fastest a train in the world is the Shanghai Maglev which uses magnetic levitation to hit a maximum operational speed of 430km/h. The fastest conventional high speed is China's Harmony CRH 380A which operates at a maximum speed of 380km/h.

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