Japan has started testing on its next-generation bullet train, the Alfa-X. The Alfa-X can reach speeds of up to 400 kilometers per hour and is expected to start carrying people in 2030.
The train will encounter great wind resistance as it enters the tunnels. It has a very pointed nose design to cope with the resistance.
The Alfa-X will begin test drives in the coming days. The test runs will take place between the cities of Aomori and Sendai. The test runs will only take place at night and will last three years.
High-speed trains first appeared in 1964 during the Tokyo Olympics. After the Olympics, they became the symbol of productivity in Japan. Called “Shinkansens”, the trains depart from Tokyo station every few minutes and travel across the country.
Alfa X will be used to provide faster service to Sapporo, the largest city on the northern island of Hokkaido. The new generation of Shinkansen is based on superior performance, high comfort, superior working environment and innovative maintenance.
The air brakes on the roof will work with magnetic plates near the rails along with conventional train brakes. Data from the train will be sent to both the central control center and maintenance facilities to ensure optimal performance and timeline accuracy.
With the launch of Alfa-X, travel times between the two cities will be significantly reduced. Travel time, which is currently 110 minutes, will be reduced to 40 minutes. The Alfa-X will have various types of brakes developed to help stop the train effectively.
A new maglev line is planned to connect Tokyo and Nagoya and is expected to be put into service by 2027. Most of the trains, which will pass through the tunnels and serve the line, will have a speed of 505 kilometers.