You may not be aware that all the trains in entire Japan shinkansen train systems run on a single track in one direction. All the trains travel at about the same speed. Depending on the a train station stops frequency, the following train with less station stops on the track will overtake the "stop" train at a scheduled station.
This operation require well planned schedule and co-ordination. Any mess-up, up to 32 train carriages will be involved.
Some examples of bullet runs from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka within a window of only 30 minutes (extracted from schedule booklet):
You'll notice that the Nozomi (departing last) overtake the other Hikari & Kodama trains along the way;
And the Hikari train will overtake the slower Kodama... and, mind you, all these trains run on the same track in the same direction
From 0656hr to 0730hr 10 bullet trains will leave Tokyo for Shin-Osaka. One run every 3.4 minutes
Kodama - dpt Tokyo 0656hr Arr Shin-Osaka 1100hr
Hikari - dpt Tokyo 0703hr Arr Shin-Osaka 1003hr
Nozomi - dpt Tokyo 0713hr Arr Shin-Osaka 0946hr
Nozomi - dpt Tokyo 0720hr Arr Shin-Osaka 0953hr
Last edited by shierwin; 14th July 2016 at 11:34 AM.
Okay...where to buy trains maybe???
Expand your mind or get left behind
While now local "mischievous hand" (?) also joining in the mis-spinning?
Given how much spin there is going on, I think the best thing to do is to just sit on the sidelines and not get too involved. Life is too short...