Japan’s bullet trains were some of the finest examples of rail technology in the world even before they were built to withstand earthquakes.
Operational since July 1, the newest bullet train connecting Tokyo and Osaka on the Tokaido Shinkansen line of the Central Japan Railway was designed with both safety and comfort in mind. The N700S, for “Supreme,” has an all-new self-propulsion system that allows the train to run on battery for a limited time in the event of an earthquake or other emergency. The new brakes are faster than ever. The lighter, quieter suspension system helps absorb motion, which promises a smoother ride. And riders can recline their seats farther back than ever.