Japanese Bullet Trains

Japan is one of the countries where many people living
there, appreciate its beauty and love traveling within its boundaries. A person
may want travel in Kyoto’s temples, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea, or just
wish to go shopping in its beautiful malls. What exactly do the Japanese people
ride when they choose to travel? The most effective transportation in traveling
around Japan is its high-technology bullet train (Shinkansen), as they say, the
best, and fastest train in the world. Japan, is best known for being advanced
in technology, has effectively proven its bullet trains as the best. It could
carry twice the passengers that a commercial airline transport could actually
The network of Japanese bullet trains known as the
Shinkansen has speeds ranging from 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph). The previous
fastest bullet trains ran at slightly lower speed in Japan between our Osaka
and Tokyo, but these newer Japanese bullet trains have had test runs that have
reached gone up to 443 km/h (275 mph). The only problem is that takes a long
time to slow down, so it doesn’t reach top Speed on every trip or stay at those
top Speed for very long. But if speed is what you need then this bullet train
is best of the best.
The original Tokaido Shinkansen, that connects the largest
cities of Osaka and Tokyo, is the world’s most busy high-speed railway line. It
carries over 151 million passengers each year and it has carried more
passengers than any other railway line in the world. The Japanese bullet trains
service operate much faster than other trains and at a higher frequency other
high-speed lines in the world. During peak times, the line of Japanese bullet
trains carry up to 13 trains per hour on each direction with 16 cars each
(1,323-seat capacity and additional standing travelers) with a minimum headway
of 3 minutes between trains.
Of course in Japan, you may have to slow down quick if there
is an earthquake and the Japanese have already thought about that too. The
bullet trains have spoilers, which come out like giant Japanese fans to break
the air and slow the train down as much as 10 mph and back down to 55 mph when
the brakes kick in hard. The nosecone of the bullet train is over 52 feet long
so that it can shape the airflows so they will streamline the body at those
high rates of speed. Engineers say that the bullet train is even more stable at
high speed due to the special shaping and relative wind of the airflows.
The Japanese bullet trains offer many benefits over other
types of high-capacity transportation. As a result of the infrastructure in
Japan, air travel systems and highways are constrained and cannot expand.
Moreover, in many cases, the existing infrastructure is overloaded. The
introduction of bullet trains has helped to decongest other transit systems. In
addition, these Japanese bullet trains are more energy-efficient and are
recommended for their high passenger capacity and ability to reduce the land
utilized per passenger, compared to cars. Furthermore, train stations require
less space and thus can be located in major cities, facilitating more
convenient travel.



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