New HS2 fleet - short on detail

■ Train weight and seating claims confused

■ UK gauge ETR1000 likely

■ Mystery pantograph highlighted

What is it about Japanese ‘bullet’ trains that gets everyone so excited? Sure, they are the world leaders in Sexy Front Ends (SFE), although the Chinese high-speed designs now push them close. But that hasn’t helped them achieve the export success of European designs, notably the French Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV).

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