Is there a difference between a “bullet train” and a “high speed train”?



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    The words bullet train and high speed train are generally interchangeable. However, high speed train is the more general term while bullet train brings to mind a certain set of design criteria for the train- aerodynamic, narrow, sleek styling. Since these characteristics help the trains to travel fast with less resistance, most (if not all) high speed trains could also be called bullet trains. I would compare this to the difference between saying “metro” or “train” in reference to light rail mass transit. One term generally gains more acceptance and is then used more often in a given situation or city.

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