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311mph mag-lev train tested successfully

Posted on Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 | Comment icon 11 comments

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A futuristic type of new train that aims to cut journey times in half has been tested in Japan.

The next generation Lo trains use magnetic levitation technology to lift the carriages up in to the air so that they hover above the tracks, resulting in a much faster and smoother ride without the friction of conventional wheeled systems. Capable of traveling at an astonishing 311mph, the new mag-lev train was tested in Japan this week at a track in Yamanashi Prefecture.

The new high-speed mag-lev trains are due to be deployed in 2027, however the technology isn't entirely new. The first commercial mag-lev train service was launched in China in 2004 and is capable of achieving speeds up to 264mph.

"The first successful tests have been carried out for Japanís new generation of L0 trains, mag-lev bullet trains designed to travel at speeds of 311mph."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Timonthy on 5 June, 2013, 13:10
Expensive but worth the investment. Very cool technology. There is a push for this in Australia. A maglev network up the East coast would be great but I don't think we'll see it anytime soon.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 5 June, 2013, 19:14
Very cool! However I hope there are enough redundant power systems ans safe guards if the mags fail.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Zamor on 5 June, 2013, 21:48
Explain why I should watch it all??? Zam
Comment icon #5 Posted by MiskatonicGrad on 6 June, 2013, 1:15
does that blue train at the end always push it or does it move under it's own power?
Comment icon #6 Posted by ancient astronaut on 6 June, 2013, 2:28
I wanna ride this
Comment icon #7 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 7 June, 2013, 13:20
I feel that they should do more tests. Cos at that kind of speed once there is an accident its bound to be very severe...
Comment icon #8 Posted by NiteMarcher on 8 June, 2013, 3:11
If I recall, Phil Schneider had mentioned about this type of transportation which was already in use for years in most of those secretive underground bases. He wasn't lying after all--as some seem to presume.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Lex540 on 8 June, 2013, 14:21
sweet where can i get a ride
Comment icon #10 Posted by The Nameless One on 11 June, 2013, 16:33
This thing is just awesome!
Comment icon #11 Posted by ohsodit on 15 June, 2013, 16:38
And it's all down to Professor Eric Laithwaite who invented the Maglev system and as usual, the useless British government did nothing with itAnd it's all down to Professor Eric Laithwaite who invented the Maglev system and as usual, the useless British government did nothing with it

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