10 historical, engineering facts about Japan's prestigious bullet trains

  • The first bullet train was inaugurated in Japan in the year 1964, right before the Tokyo Olympics. It could move upto 320 km per hour.
  • A few years before Shinkansen was inaugurated in Japan, Emile Bachelet of New York demonstrated a prototype of what was to become a magnetic levitating car.
  • The first commercial magnetic levitating car ran in Birmingham from 1984-95 between the international airport and the international railway station.
  • The idea behind the Maglev or Magnetic Levitation is very simple. It functions on the basic principle of magnetic repulsion.
  • As of now, the fastest train is the Japanese maglev L0 series that can speed up to 603 km/h.
  • It must be mentioned here that although a lot of countries have high-speed trains, not all of them are bullet trains.
  • TR-09 in Germany and the Shanghai Maglev in China are the second and third swiftest trains that can run upto a speed of 500 km and 430 km per hour respectively.
  • The fastest trains in India currently are the Rajdhani Express and the Shatabdi Express that run at a speed of 160 km/h and 150 km/h respectively.
  • The first bullet train in India that is all set for production will run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad
  • According to the Economic Times, the 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project is likely to cost an estimated amount of Rs 110,000 crore.
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