Thursday, 29th November 2012
In General Japan News,
World's fastest train to open in 2027
JR Tokai, otherwise known as Central Japan Railway Company has revealed that it is planning on debuting a 310 miles per hour maglev train in 2027.
It will connect Nagoya to central Tokyo's Shinagawa Station and is reported to be extended to Osaka by 2045.
The most interesting aspect of the new train will be that it will not run on wheels, but will use electromagnetic fields which will allow it to float above the train tracks. This is how it will achieve such high speeds and reduce friction.
Journey time will be more than halved from 90 minutes to 40 minutes and the 16 carriage train will carry 1,000 passengers.
The front car of the Series L0 train is almost 28 metres long, 15 metres of which is an aerodynamic section.
Five carriages have already been produced and the firm will begin testing the new system shortly.
"Through the test runs, we will make final checks to ensure that commercial services are comfortable," said Yasukazu Endo, the head of the development centre of the company.
Written by Susan Ballion