At 400 km per hour, Japan tests world's fastest bullet train

At 400 km per hour, Japan tests world's fastest bullet train

The Alfa-X features an extremely long 22-metre (72-feet) nose section, the longest fitted to a Bullet train since the service was introduced in 1964. With just three windows, there looks to be hardly any space, if at all, for passengers in the front.

The tenth vehicle of the prototype "ALFA-X" bullet train, which has a 22-meter-long nose, is seen at a JR East yard in the town of Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture, on May 9, 2019.

While the ALFA-X could claim the record for the fastest train on rails, it is still quite a way off from claiming the record for the fastest train in thw world, a record that is now held by the Shanghai Maglev train that connects the Chinese city to its airport. The Shinkansen is a high-speed bullet train, the fastest of which can reach 199 miles per hour.

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 train will have dampers and air suspension to keep it stable when traversing curves, maintaining its balance and comfort for passengers.

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The train is set to be tested on Tohoku shinkansen line located in the northeast of Japan, between Sendai and Aomori.

The new train's speed will easily surpass the world's fastest bullet trains which are now in operation in Japan and France, travelling at a maximum speed of around 200mph.

Other features include specialist equipment to reduce the impact of possible quake tremors. Operators hope to offer a quicker, quieter service between Tokyo and Sapporo stations after the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line is extended to Sapporo by 2031.

The train is based on JR East's E5 platform, which already operates on major routes in Japan.

East Japan Railway Co, better known as JR East, plans to operate it at 360kph. Travelling mostly through deep tunnels, the magnetically levitated train will travel at a top speed of 505 kilometres per hour, cutting the time between the two cities to 40 minutes, from the current 110 minutes.

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