International News : Japan begins tests for world’s fastest Bullet Train

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Japan has started testing its fastest-ever bullet train – capable of reaching 400 kmph – as it continues to develop the revolutionary mode of travel. The ALFA-X version of the Shinkansen train began 3 years’ worth of test runs on Friday.

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  • Once operational, it will run at speeds of up to 360 kph (224 mph), comfortably making it the world’s fastest bullet train.
  • It will also outpace China’s Fuxing train, which runs at 10 kph slower despite being designed with the same top speed capabilities as the ALFA-X.
  • The model’s futuristic design features 10 cars and a long pointed nose.
  • It’ll be tested on the line between the cities of Sendai and Aomori, which are around 280 kms apart as the crow flies.
  • Tests will take place after midnight, when the line is quiet, and will occur twice a week.
  • The ALFA-X marks a new stage of growth for the Shinkansen, pushing the world-renowned high speed rail service even faster towards the future.
  • Its testing debut comes as Japan’s new high-speed Shinkansen N700S continues tests that began just over a year ago.
  • That model will enter operation in 2020, but its maximum speeds of 300 kph — the same as other N700 series trains — will be easily surpassed by the ALFA-X.
  • The flurry of new models coincides with Japan’s preparations to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
  • No matter what speeds the train achieves during its test runs, it won’t match the record-breaking pace of Japan Railway’s magnetic levitation, or maglev, train which hit 603 kph (374 mph) on an experimental track in 2015.

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