World’s fastest bullet train – at 320 kph

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The fastest Shinkansen trains in service reach speeds of 320 kph. They operate on the Osaka-Fukuoka section of the main Shinkansen line. A 320 kph Shinkansen—that would equal the speed of the world’s fastest trains in France—are scheduled to operate between Tokyo and Aomori in Japan, with the train reaching a speed of 360 kph on the 100-kilometers extension through Tohuku to Aomori in far northern Japan.

The Shinkansen is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Starting with the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (515.4 km) in 1964, the network has expanded to currently consist of 2,387.7 km (1,483.6 mi) of lines with maximum speeds of 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph), 283.5 km (176.2 mi) of Mini-shinkansen lines with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (80 mph), and 10.3 km (6.4 mi) of spur lines with Shinkansen services. The network presently links most major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu.

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The maximum operating speed is 320 km/h (200 mph) (on a 387.5 km section of the Tōhoku Shinkansen). Test runs have reached 443 km/h (275 mph) for conventional rail in 1996, and up to a world record 581 km/h (361 mph) for maglev trains in 2003. – Wiki/YouTube

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