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Old June 27th, 2005, 01:54 PM   #21
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The second one si cool, but the first one is ugly.
agree. It looks like current 500 series, most beautiful train on earth.

Some latest news says ,with those cat ears Fastech's breaking distance is half a mile shorter than normal high speed trains. So effective equipment!

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A bullet train... only with ears

Japan is beginning trials of the newest and sleekest version of its Shinkansen "Bullet Train" which boasts ear-like air brakes for emergency halts.
The latest model will travel at up to 360km/h (233mph) but is capable of reaching even higher speeds.

Its ears - half-moon shaped fins along the roof - are designed for rapid braking in the event of earthquakes.

The train, expected to be in service by 2011, is a highly-developed version of the original Bullet, launched in 1964.

Safety first

Since then, the Shinkansen has acquired an enviable record of safety and punctuality.

The new Fastech 360S model has a top speed of 405km/h (250mph).

But the East Japan Railway company, the country's largest rail operator, says creating the world's fastest train was not their only aim.

"The test runs are to see how the technology designed to ensure safety, reduce noise and swaying [works]. Running faster is not the only goal," a spokesman said.

Trial runs are expected between the northern Japanese cities of Sendai and Kamikita cities from Saturday.

The world's fastest trains currently in commercial operation include the Sanyo Shinkansen run by West Japan Railway, the TGV in France and the Eurostar which links London, Brussels and Paris.
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Old May 31st, 2006, 03:39 PM   #22
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Video about Shinkansen

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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #23
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JAPAN | High Speed Rail

Japan goes for comfort, ecology in new bullet train

TOKYO, May 25, 2007 (AFP) - Japan is adding environmental awareness and a bit more comfort in the latest version of its celebrated bullet train which comes into service in July.

The new N700 model will be gradually rolled out through 2010 on the line between Tokyo and western Japan, the world's busiest passenger track.

The N700, which cost 260 billion yen (2.1 billion dollars) to develop and build, travels no faster than current bullet trains, reaching a top speed of 300 kilometers per hour (185 miles per hour).

Instead of trying to beat France's TGV in speed, the N700's joint designers -- private companies Central Japan Railway and West Japan Railway -- have invested in improving comfort levels and the environmental performance.

The N700 -- which will stop in Kyoto, namesake of the pioneering environmenal treaty -- will use 19 percent less electricity than earlier models, the designers said as they showed the train to the press this week.

"The substantial reduction in power consumpion and CO2 emissions," a statement said, "contributes significantly to the effort to counter global warming."

The N700 features a first-class section approaching the comfort level of business class on an airplane, with large chairs that can recline back 120 degrees, adjustable foot-rests and 15-centimeter (six-inch) wide arm-rests.

Knowing the importance of technology for Japanese customers, the train companies installed an electric plug at every seat -- two in first-class -- along with a jack to plug in headphones to listen to a music selection.

While the new bullet trains will lack current models' smoking sections, some of the cars will have sealed, ventilated rooms for passengers to light up in.

Japan inaugurated the bullet trains in 1964, the year of the Tokyo Olympics which symbolised the nation's rebirth from the ashes of World War II into a major economic power.

The bullet train debuted 17 years before France started its TGV, which currently holds the record for the fastest rail service. The latest TGV launched in March goes at an average 320 kph between Paris and the eastern city of Strasbourg.
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Old June 30th, 2007, 09:04 PM   #24
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Old July 1st, 2007, 02:05 AM   #25
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I don't really like the "nose" of new N700, I prefer the design of the 500.
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Old July 7th, 2007, 06:39 AM   #26
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South Africawill be buying trains from Japan from next year until the year 2009. I tried to search on the net to see what kind of trains they will be buying but I couldn't find anything. If anyone of you hav got an information aboit that please post it in South African forum. Thanks.
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Old July 7th, 2007, 06:43 AM   #27
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By the those will be passenger trains.
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Old July 13th, 2007, 02:16 PM   #28
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I am not sure if my question fits here but I am looking for a video which shows one Shinkansen train - Nozomi or Hikari - overtaking a Kodama train while the latter waits at a station. I want to see how long the Kodama train has to wait until it can depart again.

Of course, there are plenty of videos on youTube showing such an overtaking manoevre, but I couldn't find one which shows it, including the arrival of the Kodama, the overtaking by the Nozomi or Hikari and the departure of the Kodama, in full length.

Does anybody happen to know where I could find such a video?
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Old July 31st, 2007, 10:38 AM   #29
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A world's first hybrid train&NY subway&toy train

Diesel engine and storage battery Hybrid train [koumi]
Fuel economy 10% reduction
NOx60% reduction


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Kawasaki accepted an order of 260 vehicles from an NY subway. I became 1,939 of them in this at the bureau and became the top.

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Old October 20th, 2007, 05:29 PM   #30
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i recorded a video of an Nozomi wich ride cross the Shinkansen Station "Shin-Himeji". I´ll try to upload in YouTube, the i gonna post in here. Here are some pics of Nozomis and Hiraki "RailStar".
I also prefer the Design of the N500, it looks more like a Jet as a train. But i think they dont care about the design, they only want a highspeed bullettrain. Designed for speed.

Pics are all taken by myself.

Nozomi cross Shimbashi
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JR500 ... <3 this train
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JR700
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Old October 20th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #31
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Shinkansen to link Osaka, Kagoshima in 4 hours
14 October 2007
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OSAKA--An envisaged Shinkansen train service will directly link Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima Chuo stations in about four hours--one hour faster than the service using existing lines--with no transfers, sources said Saturday.

According to the sources, Kyushu Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co. have agreed to start a Shinkansen service joining the Kyushu Shinkansen line, which will begin full operations in spring 2011, and the Sanyo Shinkansen line. The agreement is expected to be officially announced next week.

JR Kyushu and JR West plan to develop new trains that are compatible with both Shinkansen lines' operation systems, based on the N700 Series used for Nozomi services.

The firms will continue to discuss the timetables of the new service.

The Kyushu Shinkansen's 137.6-kilometer section between Shin-Yatsushiro Station in Kumamoto Prefecture and Kagoshima Chuo Station in Kagoshima Prefecture was opened in March 2004. The remaining section between Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture and Shin-Yatsushiro Station is now under construction.

Flying between Osaka and Kagoshima or Kumamoto airports takes about 70 minutes. JR Kyushu, JR West and Central Japan Railway Co. reached a basic agreement in November to join the Kyushu and Sanyo Shinkansen lines to offer a faster service. Both airports are located an hour away from downtown by bus. The railway operators, therefore, expect the new direct service using Shinkansen lines, with which passengers will not have to transfer at Hakata Station, will have an advantage over airline services.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 06:34 PM   #32
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V30hIg5K7I8

ok, done ... here´s the vid ... =) ... sry, dont know how to create a youtube window for click, so click the link
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Old October 21st, 2007, 11:25 AM   #33
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Here you go M.Schwerdtner.

Very good clip!

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Old October 21st, 2007, 04:36 PM   #34
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Cockpit View (500 Series) Part 1


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Old October 22nd, 2007, 02:49 AM   #35
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the shinkansen is one the grandest high speed railways systems in the world and of course it is still expanding and opening new routes and new places to invest on
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 09:15 PM   #36
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the 500 looks a lot better than the 700.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 08:07 AM   #37
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FOCUS: New Shinkansen carriages employ high-speed, lightweight technology
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TOKYO, Nov. 21 -- The new superexpress bullet trains running on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines employ state-of-the-art Japanese high speed and lightweight technology.

Introduced in July on the 1,174.9-kilometer line between Tokyo and Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, in Kyushu, the new coaches called the ''N700 series'' are replete with cutting-edge materials and parts that make them lighter, allow them to run faster and give a more comfortable ride to passengers than other carriages in operation.

The latest bullet trains are capable of traveling the distance of 552 kilometers between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations in two hours and 25 minutes at top speed, trimming five minutes from the time required by other Shinkansen trains. The travel time between the stations was three hours and 10 minutes when the superexpress train service was inaugurated in 1964, the year Japan hosted the first summer Olympic Games in Asia.

The five-minute reduction is made possible by the newest and most advanced technology -- a train tilting system that allows the body of the coaches to slant and negotiate curves at high speed. The system provides not only an improvement in speed but a more comfortable ride for passengers.

Air springs, each measuring about 66 centimeters in diameter and weighing about 44 kilograms, comprise the key part of the system and are manufactured by Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. of Osaka and other firms. When the N700 series coaches approach a curve on the track, air directed by the system raises the height of the springs on the outer side by several centimeters, slanting the angle of the body one degree from the horizontal level.

The weight of the springs in the N700 series is about 10 percent lighter than those used in coaches of the 700 series, which have been the mainstay of the Shinkansen line. The N700 series, with ''N'' standing for new or next, has been jointly developed by Central Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co.

Some N700 coaches are already operating on Nozomi train services -- the fastest category -- but JR Central and JR West plan to expand operations to 96 services by the end of fiscal 2011 to replace the Nozomis.

The new carriages are about eight tons lighter than those of the 700 series, saving energy, and a special polycarbonate developed by Teijin Chemicals Ltd. of Tokyo has been adopted for windows instead of the double glazing installed in ordinary class coaches.

The windows, 50 cm wide and 52 cm high, are smaller than the windows in the 700 series. In terms of unit area, the weight of an N700 car is about 30 percent lighter than a carriage of the 700 series. Officials said that air resistance has been reduced as the new windows can be installed without a protruding edge.

Polycarbonates are strong and unbreakable but vulnerable to scratches.

Teijin Chemicals enhanced durability by applying a special coating to the surface of the windows. It also developed a new technique to minimize distortion when viewing out that employs an injection molding machine to make windows from resin poured into a metal mold.

Polyester cushions made by Teijin Fibers Ltd. of Osaka are used in the passenger seats. Urethane was previously used but polyester is said to be more resilient and durable, and generates only small amounts of harmful gases in the event of fire.

Teijin Fibers is expected to deliver polyester material for more than 60,000 passenger seats to JR Central and JR West.

Manufacturers supplying parts and materials to the railway companies have complained that they are unable to make a profit due to costs. They are hoping to tap into new markets in other areas such as automobiles and airplanes in the future.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 08:34 AM   #38
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Govt to urge Brazil to buy Shinkansen

The government has decided to promote domestic Shinkansen technology for Brazil's 500-kilometer high-speed railway project, it was learned Sunday.

After the results of a feasibility study currently being conducted by the Brazilian government are announced, the government will officially ask Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to select the Shinkansen system during a visit to Japan that he is scheduled to make in 2008.

If the Japanese system is chosen for the project, it will follow the sale of Shinkansen trains to Taiwan and Shinkansen-related technology to China.

Marking the centenary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in Brazil, 2008 is Japan-Brazil exchange year. The government is hoping to mark this occasion by making the Shinkansen the new symbol of the friendly and cooperative ties between the two nations.

The proposed project features a line from Rio de Janeiro to Campinas, running through the country's largest city, Sao Paulo, featuring a total of six stations. The high-speed line will have a maximum speed of 250 to 300 kph.

The Brazilian government has conducted a study to determine whether the plan is feasible. The details of the project are expected to be released in early 2008.

According to sources, the total construction cost is estimated at about 2 trillion yen. If the Shinkansen is chosen, the contract is expected to be worth several hundred billion yen to domestic firms through the sale of train cars and related technology.

Subsequent phases of the project are expected to extend the line to about 1,500 kilometers, stretching between Belo Horizonte to the north of Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba to the south of Sao Paulo.

South Korea, Germany and France are among the other nations to have shown interest in bidding for the project. The government, and particularly the Foreign Ministry, therefore plan to step up diplomatic moves to promote the superexpress to the Brazilian government.

The government also is hoping to invite senior Brazilian government officials, including presidential aides, to visit Japan and have them try the Shinkansen as part of efforts to promote the sale.

The government has already briefed the Brazilian government on the performance of the Shinkansen in Taiwan, where a 345-kilometer line entered full operation in March 2007.

According to the ministry, the Brazilian government is planning to decide on the prime contractor for the project through a bidding process in 2009.

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Old December 31st, 2007, 08:39 AM   #39
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Japan and Brazil have always made for good partnerships.

Japanese techno cool and Brazilian sensualness.
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Whatever they go for I just hope for a fast process with all this. The SP-Rio connections right now are really dreadful and a high speed train line is desperately needed, asap.
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