The life lesson of a speeding train

The life lesson of a speeding train
 

In the 1950s, in the wake of the Second World War, Japan was intensely focused on growing its economy. Every day, tens of thousands of people travelled by train between Tokyo and Osaka. Vast amounts of raw industrial materials were transported on those rail lines. But the Japanese topography was so mountainous and the railway system so outdated that the 320-mile trip could take as long as 20 hours. So in 1955 the head of the Japanese railway system issued a challenge to the nation’s finest engineers: invent a faster train.
Six months later, a team unveiled a prototype locomotive capable of... read more

 
27 March 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 41
Source: Guardian
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