Japanese maglev train sets world speed record

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YAMANASHI, Japan (WTNH) – It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s not Superman. It’s a super fast Japanese bullet train.

Tuesday in Yamanashi, Japan, a Japan Railway maglev train hit 603 kilometers per hour. In miles per hour, that translates to 374 miles per hour, setting a new world record.

This took place on an experimental track. A spokeperson for the railway said “the train spent 10.8 seconds traveling above 600 kilometers per hour during which it covered 1.1 miles.” That’s about the size of 20 football fields.

The train broke it’s own record from Thursday when it went 366 miles per hour. If you compare it to the United State’s Amtrak Acela Express, which is capable of only going 150 miles per hour, that’s one fast bullet train. Maglev trains are unlike traditional trains. They work by using magnets to push the train away from the tracks and drive the train forward. Also, Japan’s maglevs don’t use metal tracks-instead they float nearly 4 inches above special guideways which allow for frictionless movement.

Japan Railways has been testing this train with hopes to launch service in 2027 for a planned route between Tokyo and Nagoya.

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