What will be the fastest train in the world: a video of the test
New high-speed train Alfa-X was created in the Country of the rising sun.
16 may 2019 13:44
Since 1964 works in Japan high-speed rail network Shinkansen, intended for the carriage of passengers between major cities in the country. Then, 55 years ago, the train speeds up to 210 km/h, and modern accelerates to 320 km/h.
The Japanese are planning to make the trains even faster: the new bullet train is now undergoing tests and will soon join the line of “Shinkansen”. Its technical capabilities allow it to accelerate to 400 km/h, but after entering the route in 2031, his average speed is 360 km/h.
The train was named Alfa-X (Advanced Labs for Frontline Activity in rail eXperimentation). Work on its creation was carried out in 2017 and cost about 10 billion yen ($ 91 million).
Trial flights of the composition with 10 cars pass at night between the cities of Aomori and Sendai in the Tohoku region of Honshu island.
Engineers need to check the reliability of the air brake on the roof and magnetic brakes at the bottom, and also experience aerodynamic “noses”: the 20-metre and 16-metre. According to the developers, this feature of the design is to minimize air resistance and noise inside the train, especially in overcoming the tunnels. In previous models the nose was no longer than 15 meters.
After the introduction of the Alfa-X will be the fastest passenger train in the world. Faster – only trains Maglev (which can accelerate as much as 600 km/h), but they work on a different principle: levitated in the air for “magnetic levitation”.
Japan also plans to launch its Maglev in the area, “Tokyo-Nagoya”: in case of successful implementation of this project, the magnetic levitation trains in 2027 will travel at speeds up to 505 km/h.
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