New Japanese bullet train achieves record speed in test run

The N700s is the first new model of bullet train on Japan’s busiest line for almost a decade and is lighter, uses less energy than existing designs and features additional safety measures in case of earthquakes.
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A new bullet train set to enter service ahead of the Tokyo Olympics hit a record speed of 360 kilometres per hour in a test run, according to operator Central Japan Railway (JR Central).

The N700s is the first new model of bullet train on Japan’s busiest line for almost a decade and is lighter, uses less energy than existing designs and features additional safety measures in case of earthquakes.

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The record was achieved on Friday on tracks linking Maibara and Kyoto, said Central Japan Railway.

The test run marked the fastest speed a commercial model of shinkansen bullet train has ever achieved.

When it enters service, the train is expected to run at the line’s current top speed of 285 kph.

JR Central is spending ¥240 billion (AED8.06bn) on the introduction of the train series, and will continue tests at the top speed until mid-June.

Japan’s bullet trains, which debuted the same year as the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, are famed for their reliability and safety and Japan will be hoping to export the trains to Texas and Taiwan.

Another JR company, East Japan Railway, is testing the Alfa-X, which will operate at 360 kph when it is introduced in 2030 on lines linking Tokyo to the northern island of Hokkaido.

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