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Japan began testing of the world's fastest bullet train Alfa-X
Japan began testing of the world's fastest bullet train Alfa-X

This week, Japanese railway company JR East introduced the new high-speed bullet train Alfa-X, capable of reaching a maximum speed of 400 kilometers per hour, which promises to make it the fastest commercial passenger train in the world. According to the portal Ars Technica, with daily operation, the train will transport passengers at a speed of 360 kilometers per hour. This Friday, JR East conducted the first Alfa-X test without passengers on board.

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According to the sources, Alfa-X consisting of 10 cars in the test phase over the next three years will make "one night run between the cities of Aomori and Sendai." JR East itself hopes to be able to “put Alfa-X on commercial rails” by 2030. According to the local Japanese news agency Japan News, in the future, the route of the bullet train is expected to extend to the city of Sapporo.

According to the same sources, the palm of the highest speed trains in Japan may soon intercept magnetic trains, the line for which is currently being built between Tokyo and Nagoya. It is going to open in 2027. However, the newspaper notes, for such trains, special closed tunnel lines are necessary. Due to this, such trains will be able to reach a maximum speed of 505 kilometers per hour.

Ars Technica recalls that many start-ups are working to bring to the market the so-called vacuum trains Hyperloop, also using magnetic cushion technology, which in theory allows them to reach speeds of over 1000 kilometers per hour. True, since Ilon Mask introduced this concept in 2013, few companies around the world have been able to demonstrate serious progress in the development of this concept by presenting real prototypes of capsules capable of moving at very high speed inside closed vacuum tunnels. For example, one such test line was built next to Las Vegas by Virgin Hyperloop One. During the last tests inside a 300-meter tunnel, the prototype Hyperloop capsule was able to overclock up to the speed of 387 kilometers per hour.

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