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JR West to debut world's fastest bullet train on March 22

West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) announced December 6 it will put into service on March 22 the 500 System next-generation bullet train.The train will travel between Shin-Osaka and Hakata stations on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line at a maximum speed of 300kph, the world record shared with France's TGV for regular train service.
The train, called Nozomi, will start service at the same time as the JR Group revises its rail timetables.The 500 System Nozomi will make one return trip per day, running between the two stations in 2 hours and 17 minutes, 15 minutes less than the time required by existingNozomi bullet trains.
The new Nozomi train is scheduled to depart Shin-Osaka Station at 7:53 a.m. and arrive at Hakata Station at 10:10 a.m.It leaves Hakata at 7:21 p.m. and arrives at Shin-Osaka at 9:38 p.m.The train will stop at Okayama, Hiroshima and Kokura stations.
While the 500 System Nozomi is set to connect Shin-Osaka Station and Hakata Station at an average speed of 242.5kph, the train is expected to run between Hiroshima and Kokura stations at an average speed of 261.8kph, setting a new world record for average train speed between neighboring stations.JR West plans to submit an application to have the record listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
The TGV holds the current world record, running between Paris and St.-Pierre-des-Corps at 253kph.