The new Tokaido Shinkansen line’s N700A model leaves Tokyo Station for Shin-Osaka

The new N700A model Shinkansen began service on its regular run on the Tokaido line.

The first new model in six years features enhanced safety with improved brake performance to allow quicker stopping in the event of a major earthquake.

By the end of March next year, 13 N700A trains will be in operation.

Though its top speed is 270 kph and it takes 2 hours and 25 minutes from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station, the same as other N700 trains, the stopping distance of the new model has been reduced by 10 percent. It also carries an “earthquake brake,” which functions more strongly than usual at a time of a power outage resulting from earthquake and other causes. Sound-absorbing floors, previously used only in first-class Green Cars, have been installed in all cars.

At the departing ceremony held at Tokyo Station, Masaki Seki, the head of the Shinkansen Operation Division of Central Japan Railway Co. said, “We will convey Japan’s cutting-edge technology to the world.”

The train left for Shin-Osaka at 7 a.m., bathed in the camera flashes of about 400 railroad fans gathered there.

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Source : yomiuri

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