Shinkansen – One of the oldest high-speed railway

Shinkansen - N700 x 2 - At Kyoto Station, Japan

Shinkansen - N700 - Shin-Yokohama Station, Japan

Shinkansen - N700 - At Shin-Yokohama Station, Japan

Shinkansen - Okayama station, Japan

Shinkansen - JRC-TEC-N700 - Between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara Stations, Japan

JRW N700A - Series F4

N700A Series - Set Z1 - Approaching Shin-Yokohama Station, Japan

N700 Series - Arriving at Kyoto Station, Japan

Shinkansen – One of the oldest high-speed railway

  • Speed: 350 km/h
  • Location: Japan
  • Route: 2,900 km in length – around 14% of the islands rail network
  • Number of seats:
  • Commencement of exploitation: October 1, 1964

Shinkansen – It is one of the oldest high-speed trains in the world. They were built after World War II, when the Japanese railway infrastructure was in a deplorable condition. Therefore, in the 1950s, a project was created to build separate railway lines, on the basis of which the two largest Japanese cities – Tokyo and Osaka were connected. The route was opened to the public in 1964 for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Due to this event, 66 tunnels and 96 bridges had to be built.

Safety comes first

The construction was a great success among people, already in the three years after it was put into operation, the Shinkansen carried 100 million travelers. It currently consists of eight lines. Which for safety reasons are separated from the other tracks. Together, they are 2,900 km long and account for around 14% of the islands rail network. The 15-meter front is an unusual feature of the train. Which is to minimize aerodynamic noise and eliminate vibrations when the train passes through tunnels.

Getting on and off the train is organized in an interesting way. Reserved passengers line up in lanes other than those for unbooked travelers.

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