Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shinkansen:Japan's Five Fastest Regular Super Express Trains



Celebrating the Shinkansen! "Be Ambitious" by Cloe.

Japan's five fastest super express trains are (drumroll):

500 Series Top speed 300 km/h (186 mph)
700 Series Top speed 285 km/h (178 mph)
E2 Series Top speed 275 km/h (171 mph)
E3 Series Top speed 275 km/h (171 mph)
300 Series Top speed 270 km/h (169 mph)



More over at Treehugger. I note that you could travel the distance between New York and Los Angeles in little over 8 hours if they had the 500 Shinkansen up and running, at 300 km/h (186 mph). Love the design by German company Neumeister.

Use this Converter Website to get all kinds of data. Such as: Travelling at 300 km/h, you could go from Moscow to Beijing, a distance of 5,806 km, in about 20 hours. Or Berlin to Madrid, 1,871 km, in just over 6 hours. Tokyo to Seoul? 1,159 km, or just under 4 hours by the super express train.

2 comments:

Pandabonium said...

Love those trains...The only way to "fly". It is interesting to note that the development emphasis in Japan has been on efficiency rather than higher speed since marginal gains in speed would not improve service much for the distances traveled. But the newest trains (N700) shaved 5 minutes off the Tokyo-Osaka run. How? They can run at top speed on more sections of the track than earlier models and also accelerate much more quickly. The newest trains also cost much less and use 20% less energy than their predecessor.

Tom O said...

Shinkansen - a thing of beauty. They define the word 'glide'.