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From: Matt on 2011-09-29 21:26:38
A shinkansen "train" is actually a single long vehicle with a bunch of articulation points. Different sections of the vehicle are called "cars," but it's not really made of cars coupled together like a regular train. So if they want extra capacity, instead of adding more cars like in a regular train, they have to join two entire shinkansen vehicles nose to tail.
From: Matt on 2011-10-04 08:28:32
To clarify: yes, it's possible to split hairs about just what constitutes "separate cars" and what constitutes "one long vehicle, not made of separate cars." The point, though, is that the "cars" in a shinkansen are much more permanently associated with each other than in other kinds of trains.