How come we don't have stuff like that?...they almost didn't either
The Japanese began planning and testing highspeed rail in the 1930s and started diggin dirt in the 1940s. By the 1950s when the US and Europe was going to highways, they almost put all their eggs in that basket.
in 1958, they figured out how to do 90mph on their little 3'6" wide tracks. We use 4'8.5" which allows the trains to corner better.
they went from 90mph in 1958 to 130mph in 1964 on 4'8.5" track with the first bullet trains. today they do 185mph at 70db as measured from the closest you can get to trackside.
They're testing 'v2' with maglevs, didn't get to see them run this winter, but they can do over 300mph in testing!
The big hang up for going much over 185 is the sound level...all the new trains like the e5 look really weird because they displace more air than a couple of 18-wheelers, especially when going into and out of tunnels. they are pressurized like airplanes.
The train in the video is a designers homage to the 1958 narrow gauge train with some extra 'ray gun / tail fin' 50s styling. It also pays tribute to the 21st Century Limited, the Hiawatha, and other famous 1930s-50s rides.
The name rapi:t is the pronounciation squiggly in a German dictionary for rapid, the Japanese prounounce it 'rahp-eedo'...whatever, it came out a big naming contest.
The girl in the video says hi Rick