16 of the fastest trains around: The nippiest trains to grace the tracks

We've collected a list of the best trains to grace the tracks over the last few decades including some modern trains that can travel at eye-watering speeds. (image credit: Altona/Wikipedia)
The Japanese are serious about breaking records. In 2003, the MLX01 Maglev train hit 361 mph during a record attempt. (image credit: Daylight9899/Wikipedia)
In the late 1970s the ML500R set a record speed of 321 mph. After that, it went on to become an exhibit piece as a testament to the record.  (image credit: DAJF/Wikipedia)
During a non-commercial test in 2003, this train hit a top speed of 311 mph. (image credit: Gugganij/Wikipedia)
In 1981 the no. 16 train broke the world record for rail speed by topping out at 236 mph. An impressive feat for the time. (image credit: Altona/Wikipedia)
These trains are even capable of running at high speeds while pulling multiple cars - as many as 16-cars while operating at nearly 290 mph. (image credit: Jucember/Wikipedia)
This train is one of the world's fastest conventional trains that's in regular use. During tests managed a max speed of 270 mph.  (image credit: N509FZ/Wikipedia)
The speed record set by this train is interesting because it is technically an "indoor" speed record through a tunnel at 225 mph. (image credit: Mikhail (Vokabre) Shcherbakov/Wikipedia)
These colourful and funky looking trains have been running since 2014 and are capable of a maximum speed of 200 mph. (image credit: Sukhoi37/Wikipedia)
During tests, the 300X managed a record 275.3 mph when running between Maibara and Kyoto. The various models of this train were withdrawn from service in 2002. (image credit: Rsa/Wikipedia)
The Intercity Experimental was developed as an experimental train in the 1970s that managed to reach 310mph. (image credit: Rosentod/Wikipedia)
These trains are technically rated to run at 220mph but during tests in 2006 one train managed over 250mph, a record both for Spain and for these trains. (image credit: Kabelleger / David Gubler)
This is the Frecciarossa 1000, a high-speed train which was operated by the Italian state railway and runs at a maximum operating speed of 220 mph. (image credit: Nelso Silva)
In 2015, an L0 Series train from Japan smashed the record for "fastest manned train in the world" achieving a record of 370 mph. (image credit: Hisagi/Wikipedia)
Besides a bonkers name, this train is interesting because it used power cars with a total power output of around 12,900 hp and a top speed of 357.2 mph. (image credit: NAC/Wikipedia)
In 2007 a modified version of this train managed a new speed record of 357 mph. An impressive feat indeed!  (image credit: Miroslav.broz)
Way back in 1990, another French train set a world speed record when, with some modifications, it managed to reach 311 mph. (image credit: Cramos78/Wikipedia)