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Japan’s bullet train broke the world’s speediest train record

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Published: 08:39 GMT, Apr 21, 2015 |
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Last week Japan‘s magnetic levitation bullet train broke the world’s speediest train record that had stood for 12 years, and now it’s bettered itself. The maglev train, which is undergoing testing on an experimental track in Yamanashi prefecture, has set a new record by reaching 603 kilometers per hour (375 mph).

The Maglev line is expected to open for business in 2027, and will operate at a maximum speed of 505 kph (314 mph). That will be fast enough for the trains to connect Tokyo with the central city of Nagoya in about 40 minutes, compared with the 100-minute trip required by the fastest Shinkansen today. Japan is trying to export the technology across the Pacific. One proposal would connect Washington DC, Baltimore, and New York City via Maglev.