The bullet train Shinkansen (bullet train) has long been a popular cultural symbol of Japan. Since its launch in 1964, this train has dedicated to serving hundreds of thousands of people of the land of cherry blossoms, connecting all parts of the country and also a bridge between the two major cities Tokyo – Osaka. According to the BBC, at the present time, every 3 minutes there is a bullet train ready to welcome guests.
After more than half a century of non-stop operation, Shinkansen finally received an upgraded version worthy of the most advanced technology. On July 1, the N700S model officially went into operation with faster speed, more stability and especially can run smoothly even when an earthquake occurs.
On this special occasion, let’s take a look at the formation and development history of Japan’s most famous high-speed train to see how good it is that even the heads of state of many countries as well as goods. A series of movie superstars must experience when coming here.
The first high-speed train leaves Tokyo for Osaka at 6am on October 1, 1964.
On its first journey, the Shinkasen passed by the famous Japanese Mt. Fuji, and this image quickly left a strong impression on the international press at that time. 4.5 hours later, the train arrived at the station in Osaka.
With the same distance, the new models took about 2.5 hours to arrive safely.
The Shinkansen railway system, operated by Japan Railways, has expanded to even the most remote areas in Japan.
Shinkansen is famous for being safe and stable, very rare accidents occur.
One of the Shinkansen’s secret of success is designing its innovative thrusters.
Instead of using a tractor head, each train is equipped with its own electric drive motor.
This allows it to work more consistently and steadily.
For many years of operation, this high-speed train has served many famous people, such as “The Terminator” Arnold Schwarzenegger.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden also experienced this unique train.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is no exception.
Actor Tom Cruise also had the opportunity to try Shinkansen in the press conference tour for “Mission Impossible” in Japan.
With his reputation, it is not surprising that he was well received by fans in the cabin.
First Lady Rosalynn Carter and her daughter Amy sat in the same cabin as the captain during the trip on June 28, 1979.
Meanwhile, Senator Ted Kennedy …
and Senator / astronaut John Glenn opted to travel in the cabin again.
The first, and also the most classic, version is “0 Series”.
“0 Series” has been in operation for a fairly long time, from 1964 to 2008.
The control compartment of this series is quite simple but also very effective.
This antique model has a maximum speed of 130 mph (about 210 km / h).
Today, the fastest model, called the Hayabusa, can reach 199 mph (over 320 km / h).
“100 Series” is the successor to the “0 Series”, which began working in tandem with its seniors in the 80s.
Some other impressive versions include the “300 Series” with a bunker design, …
… “400 Series” with a slimmer design …
… or “500 Series” with a brave appearance like a fighter …
… “700 Series” with flat appearance like a platypus …
The technology used for Japanese Shinkansen has also been exported to other countries for many years.
Some high-speed train models in China such as CRH2 …
… or 700T of Taiwan are also based on the technology of Japanese bullet train.
On July 1, the N700S version was officially put into operation. The S suffix stands for “Supreme”.
The new model receives a lot of technological improvements, using a self-propelled system with lithium-ion batteries, allowing it to run stably even during an earthquake – a phenomenon not uncommon in Japan.
According to BusinessInsider