Wikipedia: High-speed rail (HSR) is a type of rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional rail traffic, using an integrated system of specialized rolling stock and dedicated tracks. While there is no single standard that applies worldwide, new lines in excess of 250 kilometres per hour (160 mph) and existing lines in excess of 200 kilometres per hour (120 mph) are widely considered to be high-speed. The Tōkaidō Shinkansen, the first such system, began operations in Japan in 1964 and was widely known as the bullet train. High-speed trains normally operate on standard gauge tracks of continuously welded rail on grade-separated right-of-way that incorporates a large turning radius in its design.
BULLET TRAIN – Riding Japan’s Super Shinkansen
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Bullet Trains
On April 21st, Japan’s new, state-of-the-art L0 Series maglev bullet train obliterated its own week-old record for world’s fastest manned train, hitting a mind-blowing 375 mph. It’s no secret bullet trains* are incredibly badass, but did you know they go so fast they make a sound loosely similar to a sonic boom? Or that some of the most advanced trains use cryogenic cooling to make things more efficient? These are 15 things you never knew about bullet trains.