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Japan unveils 'levitating' high-speed train

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#1    Karlis


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:15 PM

Japan's ultra-fast 'maglev' trains are propelled by magnetic force and hover above the track

A test model maglev train runs on a test track in Tsuru, west of Tokyo. It takes just a minute and a half for Japan's maglev train to reach 310 miles per hour. The train gets its name from the way it uses an electromagnetic cushion instead of wheels for levitation and propulsion.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:45 PM

I think this a great advancement. Aside from the faster time, with no friction the train rails and the train itself probably last much longer. If this has an application to commercial transporting, the whole business model of the conventional train can change. It could become cheaper and faster to ship by train than by other methods.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

Haven't they already done this? about 2 years ago?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:09 PM

They started developement two years ago .
2027....well that's a lot of work out the bugs time ....
Dunno. Tokyo to Nagoya ,on a train that's already sooooo fast ,cut from 2 hours,to forty minute ....That's fast .
As it is,when bullet trains go past one another ,the slam of air onto the windows from the oncoming train is heady .
If one of those has an accident ,I'd say 100% mortality rate .

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:51 PM

Well, for once China has got there first. They've been in use in, I think it's Shanghai, for a few years now.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:33 PM

It's amazing these trains can travel this fast but I don't think I want to ride on one.

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