Japan tests world's fastest bullet train
The ALFA-X version of the Shinkansen train began three years' worth of test runs on Friday, the CNN reported.
Top speed=360 kph
It will also outpace China's Fuxing train, which runs at 10 kph slower despite being designed with the same top speed capabilities as the ALFA-X.
Future of cutting edge
It'll be tested on the line between the cities of Sendai and Aomori, which are about 280 kilometers apart as the crow flies. Tests will take place after midnight, when the line is quiet, and will occur twice a week.
To start operation in 2020
Its testing debut comes as Japan's new high-speed Shinkansen N700S continues tests that began just over a year ago.
That model will enter operation in 2020, but its maximum speeds of 300 kph — the same as other N700 series trains — will be easily surpassed by the ALFA-X.
No matter what speeds the train achieves during its test runs, it won't match the record-breaking pace of Japan Railway's magnetic levitation, or maglev, train which hit 603 kph (374 mph) on an experimental track in 2015.