Japan's Maglev Train Breaks World Speed Record, Again
Photo via Twitter
A Japanese maglev train, operated by Central Japan Railway (JR Central), set a new world speed record on Tuesday during a test run near Mount Fuji, reaching 374 mph, according to Natsuko Fukue of the AFP.
The seven-car train topped out at nearly 375 mph and maintained a speed of more than 373 mph for 11 seconds.
Tuesday's record-setting performance comes just days after the train reached a then record speed of 367 mph, snapping its previous decade-old record of 361 mph (set in 2003).
At a sustained speed of 374 mph, the maglev train would be able to transport passengers from Washington, D.C. to New York City in just over a half of an hour. But commuters shouldn't hold their breath, as it could be decades before the speedy service is brought to fruition in the U.S.
The train, which relies on magnetic levitation allowing it to sit four inches above the track, uses electrically charged magnets to reach the blistering speeds.
"The faster the train runs, the more stable it becomes — I think the quality of the train ride has improved," said Yasukazu Endo, head of the maglev test center outside of Tokyo via the AFP.
Here's a look at the bullet train in motion courtesy of World News Tonight on Twitter:
As for what's next, JR Central aims to have the train in commercial service by 2027. The planned route would connect Tokyo and Nagoya in as little as 40 minutes' time. But keep in mind that the train would run at slightly lower speeds, topping out around 310 mph.
Officials hope to connect Tokyo and Osaka by maglev train by the middle of the century, but the projects' hefty price tag remains a key obstacle.
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