Shinkansen at Southampton, 2001.
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Japanese 'Shinkansen' or 'Bullet Train' driving car number 22-141, being unloaded from a ship at Southampton docks, by Chris Hogg, 2001. 'Shinkansen', meaning 'new line' is shorthand for the new high speed train, which was launched in 1964. It ran from Tokyo to Osaka at speeds of over 130 miles per hour. The trains are extremely punctual and capable of transporting over 100,000 passengers per day. This 'Shinkansen', an example of the first generation of these trains, is now part of the National Railway Museum's Collection and was donated by one of the major Japanese train operators, JR West.