Japan's first "bullet train," the first standard- gauge train built in the nation, proceeds to break all world speed records for trains during its early trial runs.
front of train;
wheels being inspected;
inside the train, coach is filled with text and recording equipment;
graphs record train's performance;
engineer brings arm down to signal start of clocked run;
on large speedometer in coach, needle moves into 250-kph area;
TV screens monitor train wheel's performance;
Fuji, seen through the window;
newsmen riding in a coach in the rear;
train flashes past camera;
train speeds down the track;
boy waves from rooftop;
train passing Fuji;
in the cab of the train, Sogo is helped to his seat;
engineer opens throttle;
train begins moving, picks up speed;
train passing through tunnels, over bridges, scenes of posts and track flashing by, as shot through front window of cab;
CU of speedometer beside throttle;
Sogo waves to acknowledge congratulations;
Fuji seen from the cab;
train flashing by workmen, through tunnels and over a bridge, as seen from the cab.
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Background: Japan's first "bullet train," the first standard- gauge train built in the nation, proceeds to break all world speed records for trains during its early trial runs.The streamlined super-express, which next year will cover the 600 kilometers between Tokyo and Osaka in daily, three-hour runs, hits a top speed of 256 kilometers an hour during its test run on the first completed section of the new Tokkaido Line.
Aboard the four-coach train are newsmen and invited guests.Riding in the engineer's cab is Shinzi Sogo, president of the Japan National Railways, as the train flashes through tunnels, across bridges and past Mount Fuji, looming nearby.
The diesel-engined streamliner passes its tests with literally flying colors, establishing a new speed record for trains and evoking worldwide interest that is believed one of the principal reasons that railroading experts from 13 nations attend the April "railways symposium" in Tokyo.The one-week meeting is conducted under the auspices of the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, and delegates from England, Germany and America--three nations that helped develop Japan's railways--are on hand to see the world's fastest train.