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Mr Monkey at the National Railway Museum, 26th February


"I expect this would go very fast if it was on the right track, and had the space"

Mr Monkey looking at the Shinkansen Bullet Train Mr Monkey in the passenger compartment of the Shinkansen

Mr Monkey found an even more streamlined locomotive than the Mallard, a Shinkansen Series 0 car. This is one of the earliest of Japan's Bullet Trains, with a top speed of 136 mph, and is the first one to be displayed outside Japan. The latest Shinkansen, the Series 7, can do 177 mph. Mr Monkey sat in the comfortable seats, watched a video about the train, then peered into the driver's cab.

You can read about the Shinkansen at the Japanese Lifestyle website and at the Japan Guide website.


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