Japan reveals a ‘Supreme’ version of its bullet train

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Japan has presented a version of the "Supreme" prototype of its 186 mph Shinkansen bullet train that features a sharper nose profile, power outlets for each seat and lightweight luggage rack. According to the Japanese publication Asahi, the trains of the N700S series of the Central Japan Railway will debut in 2020, on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, which runs between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. The trains are embellished with a big & # 39; S & # 39; of gold that means Supreme, and the tests will begin this month.
The seats have also been updated with a new fabric and the ability to recline even more with 15 percent more legroom (at least for those who buy first class tickets). The seats now contain power outlets for each passenger, instead of those lucky enough to catch a seat by the window, and the lights automatically illuminate the overhead luggage rack at each stop to help passengers find their belongings.
The train consists of 16 cars, two cars and 14 commuter trains, and has a capacity for a total of 1,323 passengers. As the Railway Gazette notes, the nose has been redesigned to have a modified "double wing suprema" profile, which will reportedly improve airflow and reduce the sonic effect of the boom while the train moves through the tunnels. The Supreme train will be able to travel at 177 mph (285 kmph) on the Tokaido Shinkansen line and at 186 mph (300 kmph) on the Sanyo Shinkansen line, which is as fast as previous trains.

Photo: JR Central

Photo: JR Central

"The (N700S series) has been completely redesigned by renovating the main facilities and equipment," said Asahi Masayuki Ueno, deputy general manager of the Shinkansen operations division of JR Tokai. "We have produced a train that can symbolize a new era for the Tokaido Shinkansen line." Although described as a "complete redesign", it is important to note that the N700S still retains the design iterations of previous generation trains, including the 700, N700, and N700A.

Photo: JR Central

Photo: JR Central

Photo: JR Central

The new generation train allows different designs that include a train of 8 or 12 cars instead of the usual 16 cars, so the transport authorities can change the configuration depending on the needs. Compared to the N700A trains, the train weight of 16 wagons has been reduced by approximately 20 percent, or more than 11 tons, and its power consumption has been reduced by 7 percent.
The new train will begin transporting passengers by 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics.

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