Japanese train reaches a new record: 600 km/ h


When the Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train was launched back in 1964, the timing was perfect: Tokyo was hosting the Summer Olympics and the whole world could admire the Japanese technology at work. In 2020, Tokyo will once again be the host city of the Olympic Games and the Japanese decided to seize the moment and to put into circulation a new high-speed train called maglev, which reached during a test a speed of 603 km/h.

The name “maglev” refers to the operation mode of the train and is derived from the phrase “magnetic levitation” thus Maglev trains use magnetic fields to move, able to reach speeds higher than those of the ordinary trains. Top cities in Japan related to a maglev line will be Tokyo and Nagoya, and the duration will be approximately 40 minutes.

“The ride was comfortable and stable,” Yasukazu Endo, the head of the Maglev Test Centre, told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. “We would like to continue analyzing data and make use of it in designing the cars and other equipment.”

By 2045 maglev trains are expected to cover the 410km between Tokyo and Osaka in one hour and seven minutes, cutting the journey time in half. The estimates put construction costs at nearly $100bn (£67bn) for the Tokyo-Nagoya stretch, with more than 80% of the route expected to go through costly mountain tunnels. Despite the hefty price tag, Japan is hoping to sell its high-speed rail technology overseas as part of an attempt to revive the world’s third-biggest economy through infrastructure exports.

The train made by the Japanese is not the fastest in the world: Hyperloop train, announced this year by Elon Munsk, would run between Los Angeles and San Francisco with a speed of 1.00 km/h over. – Reposted from http://www.travelwires.com/

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