Railway Speed Records:

World + German.


This list shows all records in date order. The following lists show the same information divided into motive power types: Steam, Electric and Internal Combustion.

Miles. Kilometer. Date. Type. Comments.
60mph. 1848. Steam. Antelope. Boston-Lawrence, Massachusetts. first 60+mph record.
81.8mph. 131.6kmh. 6/1854. Steam. Bristol & Exeter Rly.
? 1890. Steam. Great Britain.
102.8mph. 165.4kph. 9/5/1893. Steam. Empire State Express. (US.) first 100+ mph World record.
112.5mph? 11/5/1893. Steam. Empire State Express. (Record not accepted. Recognised as 81.8mph)
101mph. 162kmh. 1901. Electric. Siemens and Halske.} Marienfeld -
126mph. 203kmh. 6/10/1903. Electric. Siemens and Halske.} Berlin.
130.5mph. 210.2kmh. 23/10/1903. Electric. AEG. ___________} (Military line)
154.5kmh. 6/5/1907. Steam. K.Bayerische Sts.B. S2/6. (German record.)
143mph. 230kmh. 21/6/1931. Petrol railcar. Schienen Zeppelin.
124mph. 198.5kmh. 1932. Diesel. DRG "Fliegender-Hamburgischer". Test run.
108mph. 173.8kmh. 5/3/1935. Steam. LNER Papyrus.
124.5mph. 200.4kmh. 11/5/1935. Steam. DRG BR 05.001
120mph. 193kmh. 6/1935. Steam. DRG BR 05.002 (German record attempt.)
112.5mph. 181kmh. 27/9/1935. Steam. LNER Silver Link. (British record.)
114mph? 183.5kmh. ? Steam. LMS Coronation. (British record.)
126mph. 202.8kmh. 3/7/1938. Steam. LNER Mallard.
133.5mph. 214.85kmh. 23/6/1939. Diesel. DR electric railcar.
149mph. 239.8kmh. 21/2/1953. Electric. SNCF 7121. Co Co.
205.6mph. 330.9kmh. 28/5/1955. Electric. SNCF 7107. Co Co.
205.6mph. 330.9kmh. 29/5/1955. Electric. SNCF 9004. Bo Bo.
183.85mph. 296kmh. 7/1966. Jet aero engine. Budd railcar with 2x J-47s.
156mph. 251kmh. 24/05/1967. Electric. Test train, NE Corridor project. US record.
235mph. 378kmh. 4/12/1967. Jet aero engine. L'Aerotrain.
143mph. 232kmh. 12/6/1973. Diesel traction. BR. HST. (World Diesel record.)
133.6mph. 215kmh. 1974. Electric r/c. DB ET403. Bielefeld-Hamm. (German Record)
380kmh. 26/2/1981. Electric. SNCF. TGV:
317kmh. 26/11/1985. Electric. DB. ICE: (German record.)
355kmh. ? Electric. DB. ICE:
406.9kmh. 1/5/1988. Electric. DB. ICE:
515 ? Electric. TGV


RECORDS  BY TRACTION TYPE:


Steam:

Miles. Kilometer. Date. Type. Comments.
60mph. 1848. Steam. Antelope. Boston-Lawrence, Massachusetts. first 60+mph record.
81.8mph. 131.6kmh. 6/1854. Steam. Bristol & Exeter Rly.
? 1890. Steam. Great Britain.
102.8mph. 165.4kph. 9/5/1893. Steam. Empire State Express. (U.S.) first 100+ mph World record.
112.5mph? 11/5/1893. Steam. Empire State Express. (Record not accepted. Recognised as 81.8mph)
154.5kmh. 6/5/1907. Steam. K.Bayerische Sts. S2/6. (German record.)
108mph. 173.8kmh. 5/3/1935. Steam. LNER Papyrus.
124.5mph. 200.4kmh. 11/5/1935. Steam. DRG BR 05.001
120mph. 193kmh. 6/1935. Steam. DRG BR 05.002 (German record attempt.)
112.5mph. 181kmh. 27/9/1935. Steam. LNER Silver Link. (British record.)
114mph? 183.5kmh. ? Steam. LMS Coronation. (British record.)
126mph. 202.8kmh. 3/7/1938. Steam. LNER Mallard.


Electric:

Miles. Kilometer. Date. Type. Comments.
101mph. 162kmh. 1901. Electric. Siemens and Halske.} Marienfeld -
126mph. 203kmh. 6/10/1903. Electric. Siemens and Halske.} Berlin.
130.5mph. 210.2kmh. 23/10/1903. Electric. AEG. -__________} (Military line)
149mph. 239.8kmh. 21/2/1953. Electric. SNCF 7121. Co Co.
205.6mph. 330.9kmh. 28/5/1955. Electric. SNCF 7107. Co Co.
205.6mph. 330.9kmh. 29/5/1955. Electric. SNCF 9004. Bo Bo.
156mph. 251kmh. 24/5/1967. Electric. Test train, NE Corridor project. (US record.)
133.6mph. 215kmh. 1974. Electric DB ET403. Railcar. Bielefeld-Hamm. (German record.)
380kmh. 26/2/1981. Electric. SNCF. TGV:
317kmh. 26/11/1985. Electric. DB. ICE: (German record.)
355kmh. ? Electric. DB. ICE:
406.9kmh. 1/5/1988. Electric. DB. ICE:
515 ? Electric. TGV


Internal combustion:

Miles. Kilometer. Date. Type. Comments.
143mph. 230kmh. 21/6/1931. Petrol railcar. Schienen Zeppelin.
124mph. 198.5kmh. 1932. Diesel. DRG "Fliegender Hambergischer".Test run.
183.85mph. 296kmh. 7/1966. Jet aero engine. Budd railcar with 2 J-47s.
235mph. 378kmh. 4/12/1967. Jet aero engine. L'Aerotrain.
143mph. 232kmh. 12/6/1973. Diesel traction. BR. HST. (World Diesel record.)


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u/d 20/9/1997.