Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Levitating 310 mph train unveiled in Japan 

A train capable of travelling at 310 mph has been unveiled in Japan. 

maglev trainA test model maglev train (Picture: AP)
The superfast maglev (magnetic levitation) service will be able to cover the 260km (160 miles) between Tokyo and Nagoya – the equivalent of London to Leeds – in 40 minutes.
Railway company JR Tokai said trains with a capacity of nearly 1,000 passengers will enter service by 2027.
'Through the test runs, we will make final checks to ensure that commercial services are comfortable,' said head developer Yasukazu Endo.
The trains have no wheels and instead levitate over a track propelled by electromagnets, cutting current journey times in half.
Plans are in place to extend the line to Osaka by 2045 and to export the technology globally once it has been perfected.
The service is already in place across a 20-mile stretch in Shanghai, connecting the city's airport to central Pudong.
Current bullet train technology will be more than 60 years old in 2027, with the maglev also offering a greener alternative to air travel.
Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/919139-levitating-310mph-train-unveiled-in-japan#ixzz2DRDMyZ5y


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