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Hell on Wheels: Japanese Bullet Train Billed as World's Fastest

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As trains in the United States remain firmly planted in the horse-and-buggy era, the rest of the world leaps ahead, and here's the fastest wheeled train yet, the phallic-looking 224mph Fastech 360Z. The working prototype of the next-generation bullet train was unveiled to the press in Japan by the East Japan Railway. A company spokesman said the six-car land rocket was even capable of traveling at 310mph on a test run.

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The company qualifies its "world's fastest" claim with the term "wheeled" because there are maglev trains that are faster, including Central Japan Railway's JR-Maglev MLX01, a prototype that's reached a speed of 361mph.

Japan unveils the fastest train in the world [Physorg.com]

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I've rode in trains all over China, and I have to say, I prefer them much much more than airplanes. I don't really hate air travel, but its only a last resort option for me. Even if trains take much longer, its a lot more comfortable and relaxed (After you get on the train, the train stations are just as bad as airports). You have your private rooms (if the ride is long enough) and can sleep in the beds which are pretty damn comfy.

On the regular trains, the seats work well, you can gaze out at the landscape which is always interesting, and if any babies or kids are annoying, just start moving up and down cars.

Just my personal opinion.