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The Type N700, a new bullet train jointly developed by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) and West Japan Railway Co., made its debut Sunday on the Tokaido Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen lines.

At Shinagawa Station in Tokyo at 6 a.m., top executives of the two railways celebrated the departure of the Hakata, Fukuoka-bound Nozomi No. 99, which was packed with 1,300 passengers despite its early Sunday morning departure.

The Nozomi No. 99 was added to the timetable in line with JR's scheduling changes that took effect Sunday.

Excited train buff Koichi Inoue, a 40-year-old civil servant from Yokohama, said before his departure, "No matter what, I needed to be aboard this very first train. During my ride, I plan to examine how much the car will tilt" on curves.

Also at 6 a.m., a Type N700 bullet train departed for Tokyo from Shin-Osaka Station.

JR officials are touting the Type N700 as the fastest bullet train ever. It will travel between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations in two hours and 25 minutes - five minutes less than before. It will barrel between Tokyo and Hakata in four hours and 50 minutes, saving about 10 minutes.

JR Tokai President Masayuki Matsumoto said at the launch ceremony, "These train cars are no doubt top-end cars, designed with our cutting-edge technologies."

It is the first bullet train revamp in eight years, since the original Type 700 was introduced in 1999.

Effective on Sunday, JR West and JR Tokai are offering eight train services a day using the Type N700 and plan to increase the number to more than 30 by the end of March.

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I'm sure it's a wonderful train on the inside but something really has gone wrong in the wind tunnel! At least it will repel potential suicides with its ugliness - they'll be forced to catch it to the nearest active volcano instead!

It makes a Colani truck look old fashioned and conservative...in a bad way.

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QUOTE (goedel @ 3 Jul 2007, 19:10) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It makes a Colani truck look old fashioned and conservative...
Talking of which, here is the prototype for the N800 bullet train...(mounted on wheels for ease of movement at transport exhibitions etc.)

Note the 'S' symbol for Shinkansen on the front to assist Western visitors to Japan!

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It's going to rival Spain's duckbilled AVE!
 

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It looks like a squashed MAX. (nearly the same front end anyway.) obviously from the same stable.

I think the max still holds the record for the uglist train of all time.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/comm..._Station_01.jpg

Its interesting that the japanese are no longer looking for all out speed but are designing their trains to be quieter.

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That N800 reminds me of an American 90's t.v series 'Highway Man' with his truck cab which was also a helicopter

It is truely ugly!!!
Someone should of tested the designer for illecite substances, he was definatly smoking something that day!!

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If we criticise model manufacturers for not getting the curves on a class 37 correct ,what are we going to say when a model of THAT comes out !!!!
 

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QUOTE (goedel @ 3 Jul 2007, 22:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Talking of which, here is the prototype for the N800 bullet train...(mounted on wheels for ease of movement at transport exhibitions etc.)

Note the 'S' symbol for Shinkansen on the front to assist Western visitors to Japan!

Goedel

That is truly awful and it's carrying a German registration!

QUOTE (Bilbo @ 4 Jul 2007, 10:37) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>If we criticise model manufacturers for not getting the curves on a class 37 correct ,what are we going to say when a model of THAT comes out !!!!

It will probably be made by a Japanese firm and be totally flawless.

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