Japan Tests Its New 500kph Maglev Train

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Maglev trains have been promised as the future of public transport since about forever, but high-speed magnetic levitation systems are rapidly gaining a serious reputation — something Japan's public demonstration of its high-speed maglev system is only going to help.


The test was carried out by the Central Japan Railway Company, and was the first public demonstration of the 500kmph high-speed link that will eventually run between Tokyo and Nagoya, with service expected in 2027. The test was a demonstration of 'L-Zero' tech, which brings trains to an initial speed of 160kmph, before engaging the maglev system, which slowly brings the train up to the slightly scary 500kmph top speed.

Maglev technology works by using a series of magnets to levitate and accelerate trains, in theory making transit more efficient, and with fewer moving parts to maintain. [Japan Today]

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Steven Zwicker

What exactly is kmph? it's either kph or mph....