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News Entry# 413004
Jul 04 (01:11) A bullet train launched in Japan can run during an earthquake! (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Japan’s latest bullet train has features that are extraordinary. It doesn’t only run smoother and faster, but also transports passengers safely in event of an earthquake.

The latest bullet train by the name N700S, where ‘S’ stands for ‘Supreme’, debuted on the tracks on July 1. It will be serving the Tokaido Shinkansen line, which links Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka.
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As per the reports, the train can run up to 360 km per hour, which set a record during the test run in 2019, thereby making it one of the fastest trains in the world. However, the operating speed will be limited to 285 km per hour. Initially, it was planned to launch the train during this time to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, which got postponed.

Look-wise, this latest bullet train will feature its elegant golden logo, and will be different from its counterparts, i.e., the older N700 or N700A models. But, if you look closer, you will notice that the brand-new train has a more angular nose and sleeker headlight design.

Interior lighting has been designed in such a manner that it creates a calm and more relaxing atmosphere. Further, the overhead luggage racks will be lit up at each stop to ensure passengers don’t forget their belongings.

Also, because of the new active suspension system that helps absorb train movements, the actual train ride will be a lot smoother and quieter.

The train also comes fitted with lithium-ion battery self-propulsion system, the first-of-its-kind in the world which, during a power outage, allows the train to run on its own for a short distance, thereby making it possible to move to a safer location at low speed if stranded in a high-risk area, i.e., on a tunnel or bridge, or during an earthquake.
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