Shinkansen is a high speed railway network operated by 4 railway group companies in Japan. The first Shinkansen trainsets which opened in 1964 and was withdrawn on 14th December 2008. As a part of its anniversary Shinkansen 2008 Google Doodle was published on 2008, December 14th.
The first Shinkansen trainsets which is known as 0 Series trains were opened to run on the Japan’s new Tōkaidō Shinkansen. From the network that started in 1964 the network is now expanded to 2,387.7 km of lines which having maximum speed of 240–320 km/h. The Mini-shinkansen lines of 283.5 km which having maximum speed of 130 km/h and spur lines of 10.3 km are also opened along with Shinkansen services.
After the construction of a link to the northern island of Hokkaido underway the Shinkansen service now connects most major cities on the islands Kyushu and Honshu. The word ‘Shinkansen’ means new trunk line which is usually used to refer the tracks and also refers trains as well as the whole railway system.
Shinkansen 2008 Google Doodle was for remembering the historical moment of starting first Shinkansen trainsets which opened in 1964. Shinkansen 2008 Google Doodle also included the image of bullet train in Japan.
The world’s busiest high-speed rail line is known as Tokaido Shinkansen which can carry 151 million passengers per year. It is in top position in the case of carrying more passengers among all the high speed railway networks. Apart from the largely a long-distance transport system the Shinkansen service also a way to travel for who travel to work in metropolitan areas from other outer cities.
Before 2011 Japan’s Shinkansen network was known as the highest annual passenger ridership among all the high speed railway network which can carry up to 353 million people. In 2011 China’s high speed rail network proved to carry about 370 million people and surpassed it.