Japanese PM to Visit India, Kick Off High Speed Bullet Train Project

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe to kick-start India’s first bullet train. (IndiaTimes/Photo)

September 12, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit India to lay the groundwork for the country’s first bullet train.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome the Japanese leader to his home state for a two day visit on Wednesday.

The high-speed railway will connect Mumbai to Ahmedabad.

The current trip between the cities takes about seven hours, but the bullet train will cut it down to just over two hours.

Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train can reach speeds of nearly 200 miles per hour.

Construction is set to begin later this week.

  • jacqolq

    When are we going to have a bullet train? We are so behind, a dinosaur and President Trump is right but will he get passed the Congress to upgrade, built our infrastructure to be the top of the world? There are so many lobbyists and so many corruptions in D.C.

  • constitutiononly

    It will be entertaining to watch the Indian citizens hang off the bullet train like they hang off of regular trains now.

  • Ben Deroveur

    Will it stop for Sacred Cows?

  • Victor Nazarian

    I’ve been on the Shinkansen bullet train (and other fantastic trains) a couple of times back in 2005 going from Tokyo to Kyoto and back. It’s truly wonderful, well cleaned and maintained. It’s also a little odd feeling. It’s so smooth and comfortable it’s almost a let down (but not really). Very little feeling of zooming along or fast-ness. It’s still cool to see things going by at 200+ mph.

    I’ve used the Amtrak Acela several times recently and its no comparison. The Amtrak trains going 1/2 the speed of the Shinkansen are shaky, bouncy, marginally maintained and have a poor safety record. Amtrak today is dozens of years behind where Japan was 12 years ago! Add to that the fact that Amtrak trains are often dirty, the staff/crew are sometimes surly and the services (food, internet) pretty much suck and it is a real shame that everyone else is getting better trains than the U.S.

    • constitutiononly

      Perhaps, if the American taxpayers were not forced to subsidize Amtrak, American owned corporations might build bullet trains. Oh,Wait! American corporations WANT American taxpayers to pay for their R&D& building costs.

    • jacqolq

      We are so behind, a dinosaur and President Trump is right but will he get passed the Congress to upgrade, built our infrastructure to be the top of the world? There are so many lobbyists and so many corruptions in D.C. that will obstruct because no more $$$ in their pockets.

  • Attritionist

    Hey Trump, India gets a bullet train before the USA? Are you serious?

    • FreedomFighter

      Why?? To compete with Amtrak? We already have fast trains.

      • constitutiononly

        Amtrak is total crap.

        • FreedomFighter

          Might be, but it is a fast train.

    • jacqolq

      When are we going to have a bullet train? We are so behind, a dinosaur and President Trump is right but will he get passed the Congress to upgrade, built our infrastructure to be the top of the world? There are so many lobbyists and so many corruptions in D.C. I doubt it is going to happen. Look at CA, the bullet high speed train project talked 6 years and goes nowhere.
      How can they sell cars, gas, insurance if everyone is using the bullet train?

  • Harold Swift

    I want to watch them ride on the roof and hanging on the sides of this one.

    • Harly

      They can use those jumbo suction cups used in glass installation. I think spies in movies use them to scale the outside of glass buildings. That is until one leaks pressure.

    • globalvariable

      Only people hanging outside the trains in India will be poor Indians and middle class americans looking for jobs.

    • turnipweed

      No hanging out windows or bringing goats on this one!

  • R A.

    Are those the trains that levitate via magnets?
    Sounds like some pretty cool technology.
    What’s their fuel source?

    • usa patriot

      Like a failed Calif politician once put it. U must pass it 2 C what’s in it. When this train fails, There is a buyer in Calif 4 it, name is something like MOONBEAM. What could possibly go wrong with a deal like that?

      • globalvariable

        It is quite normal for americans to feel the way you feel coz everybody hates you and tries to take advantage of you. India on the other hand has many admirers and true friends liek Russia and Japan. That is why Japan has given loan for this project with 0.1 % interest rate to be repaid in 50 years with a grace period of 15 years. Now i am sure American will never get financing like that.

      • Ben Deroveur

        Moonbeam will have it installed from Mexico directly to LA. Get them train loads of illegals there in 20 minutes.

        • nekronic

          And straight to voting booths during election years!

    • RMCS Ret.

      The existing train in Japan does not. It runs on regular rails, albeit the road bed and rails are a couple steps up from Amtrak quality. It is powered by electricity provided by overhead wires. Much like you see on a trolley in the States. It’s a very smooth ride and you don’t get the sensation of doing 180 at all. What the one in India will be I have no idea.

      • R A.

        Thank you! Just curious

      • globalvariable

        The speed of Indian train will be 320 KMPH

        • turnipweed

          That’s the perfect tracks and no passengers speed. 250 KPH is more realistic, still fast as hell.

    • Harold Swift

      IN NK.

    • Harly

      See “monorail” from Disney…

  • Fred_II_plus

    Will the Indian bullet train be in service before the California bullet train?

    • RMCS Ret.

      Good question. The Japanese one has been in operation since the 60’s.

      • Fred_II_plus

        I road it a bunch in 2014. Make sure to get some rail passes when visiting Japan. Travel passes let you ride as much as you want while they are valid. You can do super long day trips on the Shinkansen. When you activate it you can use it every day on expensive trains. Trains in Hokkaido are too slow so travel pass isn’t good there. A few non-shinkansen trains are fast too like thunderbird from Osaka and whatever the train in Norther Kyushu is called.

        • RMCS Ret.

          Don’t know about now, but you used to be able to buy them for a month at a time. Real bargain if you rode the train much at all.