The 150 mph trains predicted a decade ago are coming into service all around the world. But not at 150 mph. The rising costs of energy, track damage and noise are slowing them. Japan's latest Shinkansen (bullet) trains were designed to do more than 160 mph on expensively aligned track. Instead they trundle for miles at less than 100 mph, and never accelerate to their real top speed. Japanese living near the tracks objected to the noise of the Shinkansen as it whistled through suburbs and countryside. So today the bullets have to creep quietly. That is a waste of high quality railway track and signalling equipment.

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    Economist Intelligence Unit

    London,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-7-15

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  • Pagination: p. 66-67
  • Serial:
    • Economist
    • Volume: 268
    • Issue Number: 7037
    • Publisher: Economist Newspaper Limited
    • ISSN: 0013-0613

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  • Accession Number: 00182597
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Economist
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1978 12:00AM