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Japan Unveils New High Speed Train: 500 Km/h

Posted on the 29 November 2012 by Ningauble @AliAksoz

Japan is such an awesome mixture between tradition and technology, the place is almost like a futuristic society that jumps out of a sci-fi novel. They are well known for their robotics, aeronautics and automotive technologies, not to mention electronics and transportation.

Japan Unveils New High Speed Train: 500 km/h

They have one of the best railway technologies in the world, yet, they developed a new maglev (magnetic levitation) train, designed by Central Japan Railway Co. that will run at a blistering 500 km/h (310 mph) and cut the 90-minute trip from Tokyo to Nagoya to just 40 minutes. A single one of these speed demons is designed to carry about 16 carriages, which translates to about 1,000 commuters. The project (extended to include an Osaka-Tokyo leg) will cost nearly nine trillion yen ($112 billion)… Equally blistering, if you ask me.

Japan Unveils New High Speed Train: 500 km/h

Nagoya rail isn’t scheduled to go live until 2027, and the boarding call for Osaka isn’t until 2045.

Another competitor in innovative transportation, China’s even planning a whopping 1,000 km/h vacuum-tube maglev train in just a year or so.

 

N.


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