Japan launched a new bullet train on 1 July. Not only is it faster and smoother than previous trains, it is also equipped to carry passengers safety through an earthquake.
The N700S, in which the S stands for “supreme”, is a record-breaker, as it is one of the fastest trains in the world. In a test run in 2019, the train set a record, running up to 360 kilometres per hour. Authorities, however, have set the operating speed to 283 kilometres per hour maximum.
Connecting the Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station, the bullet train is the first new model to be added to the line in 13 years.
In comparison to the older models, the N700 and N700A, it doesn’t look very different. However, it does feature a more angular nose and seats and interior lights are newly designed for increased comfort.
It also features a new active suspension system that makes the ride less noisy and smoother. Increased safety is incorporated through their upgraded automatic control and braking system that allows the train to come to a stop faster if there is an emergency.
Further, the train is fitted with a lithium-ion battery self-propulsion system, which is the first of its kind. It lets the train run on its own for a short distance, in the case of a power outage. It can thus move to a safe location if it gets stuck in a dangerous area, for example a bridge, during an earthquake.
“I am confident this is the best shinkansen in every respect — safety, stability, and comfort,” Shin Kaneko, president of Central Japan Railway Co., said at a ceremony marking the train’s departure at the station’s platform. “I hope many passengers enjoy travel” aboard the N700S.
🇯🇵🚄Central #Japan Railway Co. started the commercial operations of its N700S bullet train on the Tokaido #Shinkansen line on Wednesday. The N700S is the first all-new Tokaido Shinkansen train in 13 years. It offers improved functions for passenger seats, with a power outlet. pic.twitter.com/QtlSCiwA0G
— CCTV Asia Pacific (@CCTVAsiaPacific) July 2, 2020
Japan debuts new bullet train that can run during an earthquake.
The N700S — the ‘S’ stands for ‘Supreme’ — entered into service July 1 and serves the Tokaido Shinkansen line, which links Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osak.#Japan #bullettrain pic.twitter.com/5i5RQXV0FR
— Shivam Abraham (@abraham_shivam) July 3, 2020
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