10 amazing facts about the Japan’s bullet trains | Shinkansen
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10 amazing facts about the Japan’s bullet trains | Shinkansen

September 10, 2019


It is 2esday again, time for your 2 minutes
of Japan-related information. Today: Facts about the best train in the world,
the Shinkansen. 1. The first Shinkansen was inaugurated on October
1st 1964, just 10 days before the start of the Olympic games in Japan. Thanks to its original aerodynamic form, it
was soon referred to as „bullet train“ in the west. 2. These first versions of the train reached
top speeds of up to 210 kmh. Today, some trains operate at up to 320 kmh.
3. Shinkansen are not pulled by a locomotive. Instead, each car has its own electric engine. 4. In 2016, the average delay from schedule per
Shinkansen was 24 seconds. This includes delays caused by natural disasters,
such as earthquakes. 5. There are many reasons for this astounding
level of punctuality. Three major ones are: The Shinkansen’s rails
are not shared with other, slower trains and the rails are optimized in a way that they
have minimum curvature and inclination. This requires for the construction of a lot
of bridges and tunnels. While driving, the speed is constantly adjusted
to guarantee for an arrival exact to the tenth of a second. 6. Every Shinkansen stops for 12 minutes at its
terminal stop. 5 of those minutes are for having customers
exit and enter and the remaining 7 are for cleaning the whole train, including the toilets,
emptying the dustbins, changing the seat covers and reversing the directions of all seats. 7. Every Shinkansen is inspected from the outside
on every second day, as well as the overhead contact lines and brakes. Every month there’s a full checkup in which
4 inspectors check every single screw of the train. Maybe not every screw, but it’s pretty detailed. And every six months the motor and low side
cars are deconstructed, verified and put together again. Then the train is repainted. 8. There’s a yellow version of the Shinkansen
called Doctor Yellow. It doesn’t seat any passengers, drives across
the rails at a speed of 270km/h and measures any abnormalities, such as cracks in the rails. 9. If the seismometers of the railway company
register shocks, they will send emergency signals to all affected Shinkansen, causing
an emergency break. This also happened during the Tohoku earthquake
in 2011: About 12 seconds before the earthquake reached them, all trains had been stopped. 10. Thanks to all of these security measures,
In its more than 50 years of operation, there has not been a single fatality caused by a
Shinkansen. There are actually so much more amazing things
I could tell you about the Shinkansen. But for today, that’s it. If you have any topic you would like to see
me cover in the future, please let me know in the comments below. For today, thank you for watching and see
you next time.

9 Comments

  • Reply Akay Shintaro September 3, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I love your videos ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Freidheim of Prussia September 3, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I been on it twice

  • Reply Reldies September 3, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    You shoot your facts as fast as bullet … trains.

  • Reply xjAlbert September 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Like flying in a 777, only quieter, without ascent/descent angles, and without ear popping. The Shinkansen is better than any train we have here in the United States. ʕ •́؈•̀ ʔ

  • Reply Mats Rappe September 3, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Please cover Japanese television entertainment. Why cut in face in all shows?

  • Reply Anna Serene September 4, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    One of the most intelligent pple on earth. Pray that they too wiill Accept Christ. They are Presumbably also part of the Lost Tribe of Israel.
    Maybe that why its made sense that they are highly Advanced inAll Areas esp. Techologhy of many kind.
    May God bless n keep Japan n protect her from Calamities like tsunami, earthquakes n hurricanes etc.
    Shalom n Agape

  • Reply Japan Without Japanese September 4, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Well done! I love Shinkansen. They epitomize what Japan is for me. Fast, efficient, clean and super cool.
    These facts are all fresh for me too because I just finished my own research for my upcoming trip. I was amazed by how many people ride the Shinkansen – 22,000 per hour! Wow.

  • Reply pot luck September 9, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Happy to hear you survived typhoon faxai.

  • Reply Gaijillionaire September 9, 2019 at 8:20 am

    And Bullet Train to Osaka is a great song!

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