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‘Top speed’ Alfa-X Shinkansen test train debuts

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    The Yomiuri Shimbun

Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture   /   Fri, May 10, 2019   /   10:35 am
‘Top speed’ Alfa-X Shinkansen test train debuts The driver’s cabin of Alfa-X Shinkansen train (Courtesy of/ the-japan-news.com)

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) unveiled Thursday its Alfa-X Shinkansen test train in its entirety.

The 10-car train, which will make runs starting Friday night, was shown to the media at JR East’s Shinkansen maintenance center in Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture.

The test runs will be conducted about twice a week between Sendai and Shin-Aomori stations.

The silver body of the train has two green lines running along it that cross at several points, each time forming the letter “X.”

JR East aims to start services on the Tohoku and Hokkaido Shinkansen lines using a train based on the Alfa-X around fiscal 2030, when the Hokkaido Shinkansen line is scheduled to be extended to Sapporo.

JR East aims for the train to operate at 360 kph, which would be the fastest in Japan. (bbn)