Japan began testing the world's fastest train last week. The ALFA-X Shinkansen is capable of reaching 400 kilometers per hour and is expected to start operating by 2030. When this happens, ALFA-X will carry out regular passenger transport, reaching speeds near 360 kilometers per hour.
The high-speed train, built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi, consists of ten carriages and features a 22-meter aerodynamic nose.
According to CNN, the high-speed train will first have to undergo three years of testing. These tests will be held twice a week, after midnight, between the 280 kilometers that separate the cities of Aomori and Sendai.
Before that, Japan plans to start up another high-speed train, the Shinkansen N700S. This model will be in circulation as of 2020 so as to be available for the Tokyo Olympic Games, but its maximum speed will be around 300 kilometers per hour – that is, it will be surpassed by ALFA-X in about 60 kilometers per hour.