JR East Unveils New Test Shinkansen Train ALFA-X
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Kobe, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press)--East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, unveiled part of a new test Shinkansen train, codenamed ALFA-X, at Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.'s <7012> plant in the western Japan city of Kobe on Wednesday.
The firm aims to introduce a new Shinkansen model on the Tohoku and Hokkaido Shinkansen lines by the time the Hokkaido line is extended to Sapporo, the capital of the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, scheduled for 2030.
JR East hopes that tests of the ALFA-X will help the planned new Shinkansen realize a maximum operating speed of 360 kilometers per hour, a record for the Japanese bullet train.
The two end-cars of the 10-car experimental train, which is still under construction, will have different shapes for the collection of various data.
On Wednesday, the media was shown one of these two cars, car No. 1, which would be the front car when the train travels south.
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