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.
ICE3 – These Intercity trains are among the fastest in Germany
- Speed: 330 km/h
- Location: Germany
- Route: Mannheim – Frankfurt, Berlin – Munich
- Number of seats:
- Commencement of exploitation: June 2, 1991
ICE3 – Intercity trains, marked as ICE3, are one of the fastest trains that pass through Germany. The busiest route is between Mannheim and Frankfurt. But the highest speed is between Berlin and Munich. They can complete this route in less than four hours. The construction of a 107 km long section with numerous tunnels and bridges allowed for a significant acceleration. The project cost around ten billion euros.
Currently, there are 259 trains in use, which run not only in Germany. They also travel to neighboring countries, specifically Austria, Denmark, France, Belgium, Switzerland or the Netherlands. Trains do not have specially designated tracks, as is the case for example in Japanese Shinkansen, run on “normal” lines of the German railway infrastructure. Therefore, they only reach speeds of 300 km / h, but only in certain sections.
During operation, there was a fatal accident in Eschede in 1998. When the wheel rim broke while driving at 200 km / h. Out of 287 travelers, 99 people died and 88 were injured.