In Japan, began testing the world’s fastest passenger train-bullet Alfa-X

This week the Japanese railway company JR East has introduced a new high-speed train-bullet Alfa-X is able to reach a maximum speed of 400 kilometers per hour, which promises to make him the fastest commercial passenger train in the world. How notes portal Ars Technica, the daily operation of the train will transport passengers at a speed of 360 kilometers per hour. This Friday JR East conducted the first tests of the Alfa-X without passengers on Board.

Portal Bloomberg reports that Alfa-X composed of 10 cars in the framework of a test phase in the next three years will be to make a “one night run between the cities of Aomori and Sendai”. The company JR East hopes to be able “to supply Alfa-X on a commercial footing” by 2030. As pointed out by a local Japanese news Japan News Agency, in the further route of the trains-bullets, looking to extend to the city of Sapporo.

Such a long time of the commissioning of the new trains-bullets from JR East can take advantage of its competitors by releasing Shinkansen (high speed railway network in Japan, designed for the carriage of passengers between major cities in the country) my options bullet trains, which will be even faster Alfa-X.

According to Bloomberg, palm is the most high-speed trains in Japan may soon catch the Maglev trains, the line for which is currently under construction between Tokyo and Nagoya. Its going to open in 2027. However, the newspaper notes, for such trains required special closed tunnel line. Due to this, these trains can reach a maximum speed of 505 miles per hour.

Ars Technica reminds us that many startups are working on bringing to market so-called vacuum trains Hyperloopalso uses the technology of magnetic levitation, in theory allowing you to reach speeds over 1,000 miles per hour. However, since, as Elon Musk in 2013, presented the concept, few companies around the world to date have been able to demonstrate significant progress in the development of this concept by presenting real prototypes of the capsules, the ability to move at very high speeds inside a closed vacuum tunnels. For example, one of such test lines was built near Las Vegas with Virgin Hyperloop One. During the last test of the inside of the tunnel length of 300 meters the prototype of the Hyperloop capsule could overclock to a speed of 387 kilometers per hour.

The head of marketing, Virgin Hyperloop One Ryan Kelly in correspondence with journalists Ars Technica several that “commercial version of the capsules can travel at a speed at least twice higher than was shown in the tests.”

The driver’s cab of train-bullet Alfa-X

As for the new trains-bullets, Alfa-X, the car has a very streamlined design. The length of the front of the train is 22 meters. It is made specifically in order to reduce wind resistance. Bloomberg also reports that in addition to the regular braking system of the train will be equipped with “air brakes, and special magnetic plates to reduce the speed.” According to the most JR East bullet train Alfa-X and the cars will be equipped with high-tech shock absorbers to prevent swaying of the structure, particularly during earthquakes.