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Japan's JR East to test bullet train capable of hitting 360 kmph speed

The company is also developing a next-gen model which will be able to speed up to 500 Km per hour

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A rendering of the two test models. (Photo: East Japan Railway)
A rendering of the two test models. (Photo: East Japan Railway)

Japanese railway company will start testing a new model of the Shinkansen bullet capable of reaching speeds up to 360 km per hour by 2019.

Advanced Labs for Frontline Activity in rail experimentation (ALFA-X) will serve as the basis for a new generation of Japanese bullet trains, which the company plans to put in operation by 2030, the railway company's spokesperson said.

The new model, whose first prototype will have 10 coaches, will be considerably faster than JR East's E5 series, currently the fastest Shinkansen in operation, travelling at operating speeds of up to 320 kph, Efe news reported.

The new generation of Japanese bullet trains will commence operations at the same time as the proposed extension of the high-speed line to the city of Sapparo in Hokkaido, the main northern island of the Japanese archipelago.

Meanwhile, JR Central, owned by the same group as JR East, is also developing a super high-speed magnetic levitation (maglev) train, which will start commercial operations in 2027.

The line, Chuo Shinkansen, will run at speeds exceeding 500 Km per hour and initially connect Tokyo with Nagoya (central Japan) but will be later extended to Osaka (West).

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First Published: Wed, July 05 2017. 15:49 IST