New N700S Train In Japan Can Survive On Earthquake18/07/2020
Japan launches new N700S train that can survive on earthquake.
The N700S the ‘S’ stands for ‘Supreme’ has entered into service from July 1, 2020 and serves the Tokaido Shinkansen line, which links Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka.
It can run up to 360 kilometres per hour, a new record set during a test run in 2019. While, making it one of the fastest trains in the world.
However, the operating speed will be capped at a limit of 285 kilometres per hour.
Previously, N700A was launched in 2013, and the ‘A’ suffix stands for ‘Advanced’. The suffix of the N700S stands for ‘supreme’ to signify the progression in design, technology, and comfort. It is the 6th-generation model of the N700 series and intended to be the best.
The number of N700S trains in operation will increase to 40 by 2022 from an initial four.
It is the first fully remodelled bullet train added to the Tokaido Shinkansen line by the Central Japan Railway (JR Central) in 13 years.
The exterior of the train is more streamlined and angular, and the interior also has new features that will make journeys more comfortable for passengers. Reclining seats of the train are specially-designed so the backrest and seat move in tandem and all seats have a power socket for mobile devices.
Meanwhile, the train uses lithium-ion battery self-propulsion system, that will be extremely useful during power outages or earthquakes.
Without of this modern technology, “trains that otherwise might be left stranded in bridges or tunnels will be able to operate catenary-free at low speed to the nearest station. Four of the N700S train’s 16 cars carry batteries on the underside of its carriages.” Jrailpass reports.
“By making the mechanisms under the floor of the N700S lighter and more compact, we created a new standard,” Masayuki Ueno, deputy head of JR Central’s bullet train business department, told Japanese broadcaster NHK in an interview in 2019.
“This new standard will also help when it comes to expanding our business overseas.”
The N700 series of bullet trains has now entered service on the Tokaido Shinkansen in July 2020.
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