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Japan Creates ‘World’s Fastest’ Bullet Train That Travels Up To 249 Miles/Hour
By Izza Sofia, 14 May 2019
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Last week, Japan began putting its latest and fastest bullet train to the test. The mode of transport is scheduled to go into service in 2030.
Built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi, the ‘Shinkansen ALFA-X’ is capable of traveling at 400 km/h (249 mph). However, operators will keep the train’s speed at 360 km/h (225 mph) when it is carrying passengers.
According to Bloomberg, the train has a sleek-nosed design to combat wind resistance. It has a total of 10 cars and is painted in metallic silver.
Before its launch on 2030, the engine will go through multiple tests, travelling between the cities of Aomori and Sendai at night.
Ahead of this version’s debut, Japan is also planning to launch a new bullet train in 2020. The ‘Shinkansen N700S’ will travel at 300km/h (186 mph), pretty similar to the speed boasted by existing bullet trains.
[via Engadget, opening image via Shutterstock]
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