Japan’s newest bullet train makes media debut

Japan’s newest bullet train makes media debut

Central Japan Railway Co. showed a new bullet train model to the media during a test run on Tuesday.

The railway operator known as JR Tokai started daytime test runs of the new N700S series Monday, having conducted test runs at nighttime starting in March.

The latest model features a distinctive nose shape for superior aerodynamic performance compared with the current N700 series.

The model was shown to the media at Mikawa-Anjo Station in Aichi Prefecture during a test run involving a 600-km round trip between the company’s Hamamatsu plant in Shizuoka Prefecture and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka Prefecture.

The test run was mainly conducted to check acceleration, braking and swaying when passing oncoming trains.

The train was set to make stops at Toyohashi, Mikawa-Anjo, Nagoya and Kyoto stations during the test run.

JR Tokai is planning to conduct additional daytime and nighttime test runs two to three times a week.

Battery power test runs are also expected to commence around September to test performance in the event of a power outage, the railway said.

JR Tokai is aiming for commercial operation of the N700S series in fiscal 2020.

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