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Very Fast Trains - The Japanese Maglev

Very Fast Trains - The Japanese Maglev

Japan has a long history of high speed train development starting in the 1970s. The latest is their SC Maglev. Maglev is short for Magnetic Levitation, so this train has no wheels, it floats on magnetic tracks. SC is short for superconducting, which refers to the ultra powerful magnets used.

The latest development is the Chuo Shinkansen maglev line under construction between Tokyo and Nagoya and planned to open in 2027.

Most of the 177 mile track will be in tunnels.

Top speed is 314 mph.

Content written and posted by Ken Abbott
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