Japan plans $45 billion Maglev Train, the world’s fastest
The world’s fastest train using conventional railway technology is currently France’s TGV that runs at 320 kph. Anyway, Japanese rail commuters may soon be riding one of the fastest trains in the world. Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) in Japan has revealed its plans to introduce the world’s fastest train in the next two decades. The next-generation maglev train will be built at cost of 5.1 trillion yen (US $44.7 billion). A maglev, or magnetically levitating train, is a form of transportation that suspends, guides, and propels vehicles (especially trains) using electromagnetic force. For now, the only maglev train in commercial operation is in Shanghai and it 430 kph for the 30.5 kilometre run from Pudong airport to the financial district. The Shanghai train was launched in 2002. JR Central’s magnetic-levitated train has already hit 581 kph in 2003 in a trial run on a test course in Japan’s central Yamanashi prefecture. It will become the world’s fastest train ever if it beats the Shanghai train, with its velocity of about 500 kilometers (310 miles) per hour, travelling a distance of 290 kilometers. The new maglev linear-motor train is intended to run between Tokyo and central Japan by the 2025 financial year.