Japan’s New Record-Breaking Bullet Train can Run During an Earthquake

Japan’s new record-breaking bullet train is not only running faster and smoother — it can even take passengers to safety in the event of an earthquake. The N700S — the ‘S’ stands for ‘Supreme’ — joined service on July 1 and operates the Tokaido Shinkansen line that connects Osaka’s Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka. It can run up to 360 kilometres per hour, a record high set throughout a test run in 2019 which makes it one of the world’s fastest trains. However, operating speed is to be limited at 285 kilometres per hour.

This is the first new bullet train model to be introduced by the Central Japan Railway (JR Central) to the Tokaido Shinkansen line in 13 years, a launch that was initially scheduled to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — but postponed to 2021. Coincidentally, in 1964, Japan inaugurated the Tokaido Shinkansen line, linking Tokyo and Osaka just in time for the same year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. This was the first high-speed railway line in the world.

Apparently, aside from its sleek golden emblem, the N700S does not look too different from the older N700 or N700A versions. Yet look closely and you’ll see the brand-new train sporting a more pointed nose, chubbier “cheeks” and sleeker headlight style. Newly designed seats on the inside allow passengers to recline further, offering greater comfort, especially for long-haul riders. Each seat has its own power outlet.

Interiors of the Train

The interior lighting designs to create a more calming and softer atmosphere. At each stop, the overhead baggage racks be illuminate to remind passengers of their belongings. Adding to this model were even more reservation-only storage areas for extra-large luggage. Thanks to a new active suspension system that helps absorb train movements. The actual ride will be a lot quieter and smoother too.

In addition to focusing on improved comfort, the designers behind the new model attached great importance to health. The train has an upgraded automatic control and braking system which enables it to halt more quickly in an emergency. It’s also equips with self-propulsion lithium-ion battery system the world’s first of its kind. This device helps the train to operate on its own during a power outage for a short distance. Also, will allow it to travel to a safer position at low speed. If it stucks in a high-risk area is on a bridge or in a tunnel. It is for example during an earthquake.

In addition, more cameras mount inside car compartments an improvement from two cameras to six in each train car. Similar to the old model, the new components will take up less space. It is under the train floor, making for a more versatile configuration, from four to 16 trains. This also decreases energy consumption, thus speeding up development times, making it a more appealing choice for foreign operators.


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