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Japanese Maglev Train Travels At 590kmph, Breaks Its Own & Global Speed Record

The Central Japan Railway Company has informed the public that its magnetic levitation bullet train has broken the world record for the fastest train. The prototype train with 29 technicians on board managed to travel at 590 kilometres per hour, which is 9kmph more than the previous speed record set by the another Japanese train in December 2003. If you are thinking it will take years to break this record, you are quite mistaken. The company planning conduct another speed run on the same test track constructed in the Yamanashi prefecture on Tuesday that shall be aimed at achieving speeds of 600kmph.

Maglev Train

The bad news however comes with the disclosure that commuters won’t be enjoy this staggering speed when the Japanese company opens up the train service for the in public in the year 2027. Once the company sets up the train tracks between Tokyo and Nagoya (352kms) the speeds will be limited to 505 kilometres per hour instead of 590kmph. Even with a 313 mph speed, the journey duration from the aforementioned cities will be reduced to 40 minutes which as Engadget points out is less than half the time required by the current generation of bullet trains.

The Japanese are so convinced by their prowess that they are even planning to export the maglev train technology to the US. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be proposing the construction of a high-speed train link between Washington DC and New York when he travels to the United States on the 26th of this month.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Apr 18, 2015
Anyone knows how fast the proposed bullet trains in India will be?
350 kmph - The expected operating speed of the train.
Source: NDTV
Update:
The Japanese have done it again within a week. They have broken their previously set speed record by achieving top speed of 603 kilometres per hour (375 mph) in the test run that was scheduled on Tuesday.
Satheesh S.S
Satheesh S.S • Apr 21, 2015
when did india will broke this record.......................

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