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Japan's maglev train smashes world speed record

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 00:56

Central Japan Railways says its magnetically levitating train has broken its previous world speed record in a test-run at a special track West of Tokyo. Rob Muir reports.

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Japan's magnetically levitating train has broken speed records before... ...but this time officials at Central Japan Railways wanted to push it even harder. And all eyes were on the numbers, as the train, floating just above an experimental track on superconducting magnets, smashed the previous record to register a speed of 603 kilometres per hour. CENTRAL JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY YAMAGATA EXPERIMENTAL CENTRE CHIEF, YASUKAZU ENDO "We hope that this will help to lead to eventual goal of future stable 500 kilometre per hour operations." Central Japan railways' Yasukaze Endo says he hopes the record will lead to a future where 500 kilometre per hour transportation is the norm. Japan's first official maglev route is set to open in 2027, at a cost of 61 billion dollars. The company says it's confident their train will be ready.

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Japan's maglev train smashes world speed record

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 00:56