United States Air Force Rocket Sled
Sure they’re not a train, but when you’re talking about “high-speed rail”, you simply have to mention rocket sleds. Why? Because of their sheer speed. The world land speed record is currently held by a rocket sled. It’s top speed? Mach 3? No. Try Mach 8.5. That’s 6,416 mph, or almost 107 miles every minute. This was achieved by a four stage rocket attached to a sled on a set of rails at Holloman Air Force Base on April 30, 2003. Obviously this particular rocket sled was unmanned. The fastest manned rocket sled ever launched reached 635 mph, which is still quite fast.
Plans have been underway for quite some time for a bullet train in America. If the funds can be found, it looks like there may finally be one built in California. Until that train becomes a reality though, Americans will just have to travel to Europe or Asia to experience one of the best methods of travel in the world.
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