Shinkansen, The Bullet Train

Shinkansen: Row 20 , Window  E

Japan is where regular, high-speed railways were born. The country’s Shinkansen (‘Bullet Train’) network has been developed over more than 35 years, and covers all main trunk routes. Three types of trains operate on the Shinkansen routes. Nozomi are the fastest and most modern trains – the dramatically-styled 500 Series. The type is distinguished by its 15 metre-long power car nose, giving an extremely aerodynamic profile. The driver’s cab has a dome canopy, to allow excellent forward vision.

The 500 Series also boasts an innovative pantograph design, shaped like a wing, which also helps reduce wind resistance at high speed. Drivers’ instruments are all laid out in groups according to their function. Extensive soundproofing means there is little sensation of speed inside trains, and wind noise is at a minimum.

Fuji X100S: f2, 1/125, ISO 3200

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