Japan has begin testing world’s fastest bullet train and named it Shinkansen ALFA-X. The ALFA-X (Advanced Labs for Frontline Activity in rail eXperimentation) train has capability to reach 249 miles/ hour (400 km/h) and it will start operations around 2030. The ALFA-X will be the fastest bullet train in the world after completion of successful testing. Rail Company JR East plans to operate it at 360 kilometers per hour, once it enters operation.
CNN also reported the train will have to undergo 3-years of testing. Those test runs will happen after midnight, twice each week, on tracks between the cities of Aomori and Sendai. The train built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi. Alfa-X has 10 cars and a super long nose stretching 72 feet for minimizing the pressure and noise when passing through tunnels. It will also be tested with a 52 feet long nose, and will use both roof-mounted air brakes and magnetic plates underneath for breaking. The train has high tech vibration sensors, temperature sensors, and much more.
The train has a light green line running along its silver body which is tested on the line between the cities of Sendai and Shin-Aomori. These are about 280 kilometers apart on the Tohoku line in northern Japan. Japan plans to introduce riders to another bullet train, the Shinkansen N700S in 2020, but that will max out around 300 km/h. The ALFA-X should easily surpass that top speed and it won’t come close to catching Japan Railway’s experimental maglev train, which reached 603 km/h in 2015.