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Japan to get 217 mph train Answered

The Shinkansen trains in Japan were already plenty speedy at 188 mph (300 kph), but now they're going to be upgraded to 217 mph (350 kph). I rode the train a few times a while ago and totally loved it. The countryside flew by as you tucked into a bento box. It was great and it was so comfortable.

Here in California there's a proposition on the upcoming ballot to pass a bond so that we can have a high-speed rail that takes you from SF to LA in 2.5 hours. I don't have a lot of reasons to go to LA, but when I do it would be nice to avoid playing the airport game (everyone loses!) or the driving game (slow down for the car crashes!). To finally get a high-speed train would be a dream.

Going metric would be nice, too. 350 kph sounds much better than 217 mph.

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Jean-Valéry Thoraval (author)2009-04-28

love that last remark:
going metric woul be nice... 350kph sounds much better than 217mph

... would also make it easier for everyone "else" ;)

now, about that japanese train, that's not that fast, the world record is still held by the French TGV, which stands for Train à Grande Vitesse (High speed train) with 574.8 km/h (357 mph) on 3 April 2007 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TGV)

for a video of that record:
(http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1m9iy_record-du-monde-tgv-030307-5748-kmh)

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okiimatsu (author)2009-04-11

the california high speed rail project is one of the biggest financial boondoggle's ever created. rail transit works in japan for very good reasons. i love rail transport, but california's biggest problem isn't getting people from SF to LA. there isn't enough funding in the world for this thing which will easily surpass one hundred billion dollars.

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ninjaboygp247 (author)2008-09-26

like they did with the chunnel(england to france) they should make on around the world, like one that goes city to city and one that goes from us to europe and more!

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Shadowmang (author)ninjaboygp2472008-09-26

wasn't there a fire in the chunnel the other day?

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Shadowmang (author)2008-09-25

oh is this the new electro-magnetic train?

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Kiteman (author)Shadowmang2008-09-26

No, it's a "normal" electric train, just very well made.

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the_burrito_master (author)2008-09-24

cool they need to get thees things every where it would be great if they had a few going through every state.

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Derin (author)the_burrito_master2008-09-26

they are about to make one in turkey,EAT OUR DUST AMERICANS

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Vynash (author)Derin2008-09-26

cool it turkey man. XD just kidin.

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Tetranitrate (author)2008-09-24

As we speak there is a robot sticker traveling around on one of the Shinkansen at 300 kph

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bumpus (author)fungus amungus2008-09-24

"My plan is falling into place nicely, Muhahahahaha!" :D

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ll.13 (author)2008-09-24

I so wish we had a better train service here, better fares, &c.; and would be even better if we got faster trains.

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