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Japan's maglev train sets new world record with 603kph test run

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When it comes to fast trains, Japan takes top honors thanks to German brilliance and Japanese precision. A trailblazing maglev, short for ‘magnetic levitation’, train has set a world speed record during a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking over 600kph (373mph).

The new record comes less than a week after the seven-car train clocked 590kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581kph.

The maglev hovers 10cm above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets.

The challenge for the Japan Railway Central company is to have a train in service in 2027 to travel some 286km between Tokyo and the central city of Nagoya. The service, which would run at a top cosmic speed of 500kph, is expected to connect the two cities in 40 minutes. It’s less than half the present journey time for the Shinkansen bullet trains.

By 2045, maglev trains are expected to link Tokyo and Osaka in just one hour and seven minutes, slashing the journey time in half, the Japan Times reported.

Meanwhile, construction costs for the dedicated lines have been estimated at up to $100 billion for just the stretch to Nagoya, with over 80 percent of the route set to go through pricey tunnels.

Japan wants to sell its Shinkansen bullet and magnetic train systems overseas to revive the country’s economy, partly through infrastructure exports. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to push the technology for a high-speed rail link between New York and Washington during his upcoming visit to America this weekend.


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4 Responses to " Japan's maglev train sets new world record with 603kph test run "

  1. skreamer says:

    Too bad they couldn’t spend that money on fixing up Fukushima!
    Seems like a massive waste of money….$100 billion so some people can save 40 minutes travel time, while the pacific ocean dies!
    An even faster train on an island you could ride your bike across in few hours!…”so important”
    I guess now that most the whales are dead they need to do something else with their time!
    If only they could do something useful, now that they have destroyed the world!
    If only America had dropped 13 atomic bombs instead of 2 on them, they could have destroyed all of Japan and saved the world!

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    • Karl says:

      Buddy you are a puts! Complete lack of brain stem. Sorry to have to say so but it’s true…you should go be with some of those whales you just spoke of.

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      • skreamer says:

        Hey Karl!…..Seems your the stupid one. Its your country that’s dying from their radiation!…..not mine!……..so suck shit! And im not your buddy…..FAG!

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    • tess says:

      they got that and we don’t have trains or busses running anymore go figure

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