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Japan Reveals Details Of New Magnetic Levitation Trains

Japan Reveals Details Of New 'Floating' Trains  from http://news.sky.com/story/1016750/japan-reveals-details-of-new-floating-trains

Up to 1,000 passengers will be carried in whisper-quiet carriages at speeds of more than 300mph - but not just yet.

9:22pm UK, Monday 26 November 2012

Maglev train under trial


A train being put through its paces on a special test track

 Japanese engineers say the first of the country's new state-of-the-art magnetic levitation trains are scheduled to go into service in 2027.

 The trains will link Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo with Nagoya at speeds of up to 310mph.

 It currently takes 90 minutes for a conventional "shinkansen" bullet train to complete the journey between the two stations, but the new technology will cut the trip to 40 minutes.

 The front car of the Series L0 maglev is nearly 92ft (28m) long - 49ft (15m) of it an aerodynamic nose section - and  has 24 seats. A full 16-carriage train will be able to carry 1,000 passengers.

 The vehicle has no wheels - doing away with friction and, hence, providing a smoother and quieter ride at a faster speed - and is propelled along a track through electromagnetic pull.

 Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) has announced plans to more than double the length of the track at its Tsuru development facility to 26 miles and conduct further tests.

 "Through the test runs, we will make final checks to ensure that commercial services are comfortable," said Yasukazu Endo, the head of the development centre.

 The aim is to extend the line to Osaka by 2045 - the cost of the new lines has been put at 8.44 trillion yen (£64bn).

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