Shinkansen – One of the oldest high-speed railways

Shinkansen – One of the oldest high-speed railways

  • Speed: 350 km/h
  • Place: Japan
  • Route: 2900 km long – about 14% of the railway network on the islands
  • Number of seats:
  • Start of operation: October 1, 1964

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

Safety first

The construction was a great success among the people, within three years after the start of operation, the Shinkansen transported 100 million travelers. It currently consists of eight lines. Which, for safety reasons, are separated from the other tracks. In total, they are 2,900 km long and make up about 14% of the railway network on the islands. An unusual feature of the train is the 15-meter front. 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. Travelers with reservations line up in lanes different from those for travelers without reservations.


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