Date
20 September 2017
The maglev train broke its own speed record, set a week ago. Photo: Reuters
The maglev train broke its own speed record, set a week ago. Photo: Reuters

Japan maglev train tops 600 km/h

A Japanese magnetic levitation train broke its own world speed record, hitting 603 km/h in a test run Tuesday near Mount Fuji. 

The train beat the 590 km/h speed it set in a test last week, BBC News reported.

Maglev trains use electrically charged magnets to lift and move carriages above the rail tracks.

Central Japan Railway, which owns the trains, wants to introduce the service between Tokyo and the central city of Nagoya by 2027.

The 280 km journey would take only about 40 minutes, less than half the time at present.

Passengers will not get to experience the maglev’s record-breaking speeds, because the company said its trains will operate at a maximum of 505 km/h.

In comparison, the fastest operating speed of a Japanese shinkansen, or “bullet train”, is 320 km/h.

Japan is known for its shinkansen, which run on steel rails, but has been investing in maglev technology, which it is hoping to sell overseas.

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