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Japan Tests Next-Generation Bullet Train

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Japan is testing its new 248 mph next-generation bullet train called the Alpha-X. The train has the capacity of hitting a maximum speed of 400 kilometres per hour. It is also expected to move passengers at a speed of 360 kilometres per hour.


The train, built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi, will undergo years of testing. It will make only night runs between the Japanese cities of Aomori and Sendai. The Alpha-X has a 72-foot-long aerodynamic nose to help it cope with the high speeds. This will also help it to minimise pressure and reduce the amount of noise that it creates, especially through the tunnels.


A 52-foot-long nose will also be tested. It is going to be equipped with magnetic plates and roof-mounted air brakes. The Alfa-X is designed to be the fastest bullet train in the world when it launches in 2030. However, this will not be the case. Shanghai’s maglev train is currently the fastest train in the world. It uses a magnet to hover over the rails and is capable of a maximum speed of 432 km/h.



Japan is also due to open its own maglev train route between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027. This one will reportedly move as fast as 505 km/h. There are also plans in place to launch a new “Supreme” version of the already existing Shinkansen bullet train in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. This particular train will travel at the same 186 mph as the country’s existing bullet trains. However, this one will be lighter and conserve more energy. It will also be more comfortable with more legroom and power outlets for customers.

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