JAPAN'S BULLET EXPRESS TRAIN, SHINKANSEN, AND ITS 10 YEAR HISTORY

The number of Tokaido Bullet Express (Shinkansen) users has reached 800,000,000, since the service was inaugurated in October 1964. From a railway transportation operational viewpoint, it is significant that, in spite of the fact that total running length of the Bullet Express line is 515 km, or only 1/40 of the 20,000 km total length of Japanese National Railways lines, yet its passenger recepts are 1/4 of the total passenger receipts of all the Japanese National Railways lines. The reasons for the Bullet Express success in operation are its enviable intercity traffic facilities, such as high-speed, large capacity, comfort and safety. These features are well matched to the traffic demands in Japan. Effective Bullet Express utilization has been directly proven by the fact that each Bullet Express train comprises 16 cars and that trains make more than 100 round trips every day. This successful Bullet Express operation presents an excellent example of a net type of railway train which seems best suited to future railway transportation requirements.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Tokyo Shibaura Electric Company Limited

    1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo,   Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Matuskuma, M
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 12-17
  • Serial:
    • Toshiba Review
    • Issue Number: 98
    • Publisher: Tokyo Shibaura Electric Company Limited

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00130900
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM