A train is means of transport for humans as well as cargos. It consists of a series of connected vehicles that are pulled along a track by the engine connected at front-end. While a train can consist of only one vehicle, it can be as long as 3 kilometers! This is the length of longest train that is a freight train. While trains may be a bit behind their schedules, this “bit” means a few minutes to hours. Yet, Japanese trains are known for their punctuality. Their recorded delay was mere six seconds.
The speed of train can also vary. It can be as fast as 300 km per hour. This is the speed attained in 2 minutes by Shanghai Maglev train. It can reach up to 431 km per hour too! Another interesting fact is that longest straight stretch is of length 478 km in Australia. It has no curves in this distance. The fastest train record is held by TGV, France. Its speed can reach an amazing 515 km per hour! When it was tested, it reached the figure 584 km per jour and as the brakes were applied to it, it came to a halt after covering 10 miles.
The largest station is Grand Central. It is located in New York and holds forty-four platforms. On the other hand, the longest station seat is 139 m in length and at Scarborough station. Also, from coal to electricity, trains have used many types of fuels during he course of their evolution.