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Japan tests 500kmph bullet train

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Rock n Rolla, Jun 6, 2013.

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  1. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Japan's "floating" trains of the future, designed to travel at speeds of 500kmph, have undergone their first test tracks.

    The new generation L0 Series trains, which employ the latest magnetic levitation technology instead of conventional wheels, will begin commercial services in 2027.



    The first five cars of the new train, which has a distinct aerodynamic "nose" at the front, were displayed on a test track in Yamanashi Prefecture.

    The carriages, which are propelled by magnetic forces, were pulled along the track by a special maintenance vehicle as part of preliminary trials, with wide-scale tests due to commence in September.

    The new train, designed by Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai), will initially link central Tokyo with Nagoya station, cutting current bullet train journey times by more than half, from 90 to 40 minutes.

    The final train will consist of 16 carriages carrying up to 1,000 passengers at a time, with plans under way to extend the line to Osaka by 2045. The plan is ultimately to create a high-speed mass transit maglev network across the country.

    It was in 1964 that Japan was propelled to the forefront of transport technology after it unveiled its first bullet train – known as "shinkansen" – to coincide with its hosting of the Olympic Games.

    Since then, Japan has become famous as home to the world's most sophisticated rail network system, with bullet trains travelling at speeds of up to 199mph across more than 1,400 miles of tracks.

    Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, is currently pushing for a surge in sales of Japanese road, railway and power station technology to emerging nations such as India, which is expected to use Japan's bullet train technology for a new Mumbai to Ahmedabad line.

    Today, with close to 60 years passing since the first bullet train was launched, Japan is investing heavily in maglev technology in order to remain at the forefront of rail engineering.

    Competition with China is already strong, with the Shanghai maglev train capable of travelling at a top speed of 268mph – although its average speed is 152.5mph due to the limited length of the track.

    Japan tests 310mph bullet train - Telegraph
     
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    I wish we have those Trains here,
    life would be so much more faster.


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    In Kochi metro , this was the first option discuss(magnetic levitation technology) but later changed another due to expensive for small distance

    But India RW can try it for long distance to connect 4 metro cities ... :mod:

    Think that From mumbai to delhi 1500km we can reach in 3 hours... :dance3:
     
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    Actually, those trains would be good for business travellers. On the other hand, If you want to really enjoy a train ride, you need to be in a slow moving, non-a/c, Indian train; where you can soak in all the beautiful landscapes and sceneries. In the Japanese bullet-trains, the sceneries would be nothing but a whizzing blur seen from beyond tinted glasses and in an insulated lap of formal luxury.
     
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    when should we stop describing speeds in kilometers per hour and start using megameter units?
    someday soon the latter will be more suitable for most trains, even intra-city metros.
     
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    whos talking about landscapes, i am a Mumbai dweller
    we need speed, need for speed :azn:
     
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  8. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Yes, France did that in 2007, but that was for testing the infrastructure/for records. Japan will put into service the 500kmph train.

    BBC NEWS | Europe | French set new rail speed record
     
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    When be are going to build this. Is building bullet train is more difficult than building tank?:lazy:
     
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    As it is said by Rock n Rolla, the problem is more on the infrastructure than on the train. People looks generally on the train but if you want a mass transportation system with high speed it costs a lot!
     
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    But atleast we should test the prototype
     
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    Japan's L0 maglev train aces first test, zooms past countryside at 311 mph

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    This maglev train's length of development sure can't a hold a candle to its speed -- it took its creators almost six years to finally give it a test run. The five L0 Series cars zipped along the 26.6-mile track in nine minutes, hitting 311 mph within the first three miles. The reporters on board the futuristic vehicle couldn't feel or hear any disturbance, except for the odd blown mind. Outside, however, watching members of the public felt a shockwave followed by a deafening roar as the duck-billed train zoomed past. Using results from this trial, the company will be assessing the platypus-like train's potential environmental impact and looking for ways to reduce its maintenance costs in the future. You won't be taking a ride on this levitating wonder during your next Japanese vacation, though - CJCR's got a few more tests to run before its 2027 launch date.



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    Japanese were the pioneers in Mag levitation, they have to capabilities to exceed the speed limits of the locomotives.
     
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