World's Fastest Trains
Adam Jones, Ph.D./Global Photo Archive/Flickr
Operating Speed: 155 mph
Record Speed: 158 mph
Launch Date: 2011
Central Asia’s first high-speed rail line is the Afrosiyob. Operated with duck-billed Talgo trains from Spain, the service chugs for 214 miles along the ancient Silk Road between Tashkent and Samarkand. The carriages are especially built to withstand the extremes of weather in Uzbekistan, from its Siberian-like winters to Sahara-like summers. The Afrosiyob spreads three classes (VIP, business, and economy) across nine cars.