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Bullet Trains

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Item Code: HAN721
Author: R. K. Roshan
Publisher: National Book Trust, India
Language: English
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 9788123779744
Pages: 146
Other Details 8.5x5.5 inch
Weight 198 gm
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About The Book

Bullet Trains are the modern technological wonder which has revolutionized the concept of transportation. This book covers the history and background of bullet trains. It examines the current status and future prospects of bullet trains in different parts of the world with special emphasis on India. The technology of bullet trains has been explained in a very lucid manner. Benefits and criticism have been dealt in an objective way. The issues of financing, implementation methodology have been dealt in separate chapters. This book is a must read for all young adults, transport professionals, researchers, railway employees, and travellers.

About the Author

Rakesh Kumar Rousan is a civil servant of 2001 batch with rich experience in the field of Transport Planning and Management. He has done Post Graduation in science from India's Premier Research Institute and has also done MBA in Operations Management. He has been trained from LBSNAA Mussoorie, IIM Lucknow, MDI Gurgaon, World Bank Institute and Land Transport Academy, Singapore. He played pivotal role in the planning for the introduction of driverless trains in India during his deputation tenure at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. At present he is associated with the planning of major transport related infrastructure projects in Jharkhand, Bihar, UP and Madhya Pradesh.


The big shiny trains running at break-neck speed popularly called as bullet trains provides genuine pleasure to millions of happy commuters. The journey of high speed travel has been very interesting. Initially the carriages were pulled by human beings, followed by horses, fixed engines and steam locomotives. When the steam locomotive Rocket touched the speed of 20-30 miles per hour during Rainhill trials in 1829 it was considered revolutionary. The advent of electric traction challenged the prevailing notions and the increase in population and economic activity necessitated better connectivity. Japan took the lead and the first modern bullet train started in Japan in the year 1964. France and China followed suit and today Bullet trains run in 15 countries. There is great deal of interest in bullet trains. We must keep abreast of this latest technological wonder knocking at the door of India. The amount of interest the bullet trains have generated worldwide make it a fit case to read a book on Bullet Train.

Mere reading of isolate articles on bullet trains will not make any one wiser. It will require a concise and comprehensive study material dealing with all the nuances of the subject. There is no book available to cater to this need. Now someone will say is there any need? Or I am just trying to generate the need. Dispassionate thinking will make it clear that no big infrastructure project can be a success unless it has the support of public. But how will the public support? The issue of support comes only when they understand the subject. It is necessary to generate awareness about bullet trains not only among masses but also among transport professionals and all those who are engaged or likely to be engaged with such projects.

The idea of the book came out of the feeling to make the young minds aware about the latest technological wonder and also contribute in a humble manner for the success of bullet train project. This book is an attempt to generate mass awareness about bullet train projects and also to develop the human resources for these projects. In doing so, the book looks at a gamut of issues including its technology, economics, environment through analysis based on experiences of such projects worldwide.

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