Bullet train

Bullet trains: what we all need to know about them

 Bullet trains

The bullet train simply became famous for its high speed & unique look compared to the ordinary train we are all used to. The name “Bullet Train” is the English translation of the Japanese word dangan ressha , which was the name given to the project while it was being made in the 1940s.

  • The 1st bullet train moved from Tokyo to Osaka  on Oct. 1, 1964.
  • Japan was the first country to have such trains.
  • in April 2015 a Japan Railway maglev train hit 603 kilometers per hour (374 miles per hour) on an experimental track in Yamanashi, setting a decisive new world record .
  • A bullet train only works on high speed rails designed for speeds above 250kmph
  • Less than 20 countries have high-speed railways so far.
  • Unlike conventional trains that use wheels, their motion is based on magnetic levitation. Electromagnets levitate the train a short distance just above the tracks. These magnets also create the thrust that moves the train.
  • Compared to conventional trains, they have superior controls because acceleration and braking doesn’t depend on friction of the track.
  • Bullet trains have far lesser environmental pollution compared to traditional ones.
  • Most of the time, the train is levitating over the guide way as a result there is less maintenance cost of rails because they are not worn out by friction.
  • It’s a norm to associate high speed with danger. However, Over 10 billion passengers have ridden on Japan’s high-speed rails alone, and none of them have ever died in a crash. Worldwide, there have only ever been a handful of fatal crashes.

How these will change our lives

On a previous post ” Why-technology-is important-in-our-modern-society,” we could add faster transportation on the list of objects we discussed. Getting to your destination faster means increased productivity. We do hope that in near future more countries will be able to have these trains.

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