High-Speed Bullet Train in Japan
Train lovers around the world are jealous of Japan's high-speed trains. For example, the 1,528 miles Shinkansen railways network has trains that go up to 188 mph (300 kph). "Test run speeds have been 443 km/h (275 mph) for conventional rail in 1996, and up to a world record of 581 km/h (361 mph) for maglev trainsets, in 2003."
Now Kawasaki Heavy Industries has unveiled plans to develop a new high-speed train which is expected to achieve a speed of 217 mph (350 kph). Read on for more details.
300 and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station.
Environmentally Friendly Super Express Train
Kawasaki calls the new train the efSET (environmentally friendly Super Express Train) and says that: "it will also be more energy efficient, less noisy and offer a better riding comfort through a superior electrical control mechanism and a highly aerodynamic body design."
Kawasaki plans to finalize the design by March 2010, and the company has already announced that it plans to prepare the efSET for international release. They estimate that 10,000 km of high-speed railways will be deployed over the next 20 years