Tuesday, July 19, 2011

No. 3: Be prepared and have no regret. (July 20, 2011)

How much is the annual average delay of a Tokaido bullet train? It is merely one tenth of a minute. That is, only six seconds. This punctuality characterizes the Japanese people. More than 15 bullet trains, each of which is 400 m long, are traveling on the same track at higher than 250 km/h simultaneously for the distance of 550 km between Tokyo and Osaka. Despite this fact, the Tokaido bullet train line has never had an accident since its inauguration. The same is true of the Tohoku bullet line. When the Tohoku Earthquake occurred at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, a total of 27 bullet trains, both on up and down tracks, were traveling at 270 km/h on the Tohoku bullet train line. Two bullet trains traveling nearby the quake-stricken area automatically activated the automatic train stop system 9-12 seconds before they were attacked by the first quake, and decelerate the speed to 100 km/h when they were attacked by the biggest quake. None of the 27 bullet trains were damaged. Be prepared and have no regret.

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