Japan has again demonstrated its prowess in high-speed rail travel with its state-of-the-art maglev train setting a world record of just over 600km/h (373mph), just days after it broke its previous 12-year-old record.
The seven-car maglev – short for “magnetic levitation” – reached a top speed of 603km/h on Tuesday during what officials described as a “comfortable” zip along a test track near Mount Fuji.
The Lo Series train, carrying 49 Central Japan Railway employees, covered 1.8km in just under 11 seconds at over 600km/h,
“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 analysing data and make use of it in designing the cars and other equipment.”
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The new record came less than a week after the train reached 590km/h, breaking its own 2003 record of 581km/h.
What is the maximum speed of a maglev train?
The highest recorded maglev speed is 603 km/h (375 mph), achieved in Japan by JR Central's L0 superconducting Maglev on 21 April 2015, 28 km/h (17 mph) faster than the conventional TGV wheel-rail speed record.
The current fastest passenger-carrying maglev train can travel at up to 268 mph (431 km/h) and once reached 311 mph (501 km/h) in pre-launch tests. The Shanghai Maglev Train opened in April 2004 and runs 18.95 miles (30.5 km) from the center of the Pudong district of Shanghai to Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
Which country has the fastest train?
World's fastest train takes you a mile in 10 seconds. The Japanese Maglev train crushed its own world record by traveling at 374 miles per hour for nearly 11 seconds.
How fast is a maglev train?
603 kilometers per hour
Japan's maglev train goes 374 mph, sets world record. A Japanese maglev train set a new speed record of 603 kilometers per hour or 374 miles per hour
How expensive is a maglev train?
Building the train's electromagnetic guideway could set back taxpayers $85 billion, or roughly $274 million per mile of track. That's three times what it costs to lay bullet-train tracks. Maglev trains would tack on another $6.48 billion
Which is the fastest train in the world?
1. Japanese maglev L0series : the fastesrt train in the world with speed of 603km/h (374mph).it can cover a mile in just 10 seconds. 2. TGV, france : with the tests conducted in 2007.it reached 574.8 km/h(357.2mph) making it the second fastest train in the world and first in europe
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