If you needed another reminder of just how woefully primitive public transportation is in North America compared to Japan, even the tiny toy versions of their high-speed bullet trains now float on magnets. And with such little friction, Takara Tomy’s new Linear Liner model can hit scale speeds of over 300 miles per hour.

The Linear Liner train floats about two millimeters above the series of magnets embedded in the set’s clear plastic trick, and as each one is powered on and off, they serve to pull the cars along just like how the real bullet trains in Japan work. It’s the exact same engineering principles.

Illustration for article titled In Japan Even the High-Speed iToy/i Trains Float On Magnets

The tiny train can actually only hit speeds of somewhere around five miles per hour, but when you scale that up it would actually be traveling at just over 300 miles per hour in real life. And because it’s so small, watching it tear around its tiny track at high speeds is still very impressive.


Available later this year in September, the Linear Liner won’t come with the ten AA batteries it requires for its charging base, but it will include a price tag just north of $300. You didn’t think those high-speed bullet trains in Japan have come down in price, did you? [Takara Tomy via Akihabara News]

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