Passenger train smashes world speed record

Japanese train breaks world record with 600km/h run
A seven-car “magnetic levitation”, or maglev, train has hit a top speed of 603km/h. Japan has again demonstrated its technological leadership in what officials described as a “comfortable” journey along a test track near Mount Fuji.
As reported last November, around 100 passengers were transported at 500km/h on the first test run. But the latest record comes just days after the train reached 590km/h, breaking a 2003 record of 581km/h. The Lo Series train covered 1.8km in less than 11 seconds.
Maglev is new driverless technology propelled by electrically charged magnets that allows trains to travel faster by “floating” 10cm above the rails, minimising the friction experienced by ordinary trains.
“The ride was comfortable and stable,” Yasukazu Endo, the head of the Maglev Test Centre, told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. “We would like to continue analysing data and make use of it in designing the cars and other equipment.”
A 286km track between Tokyo and Nagoya is planned for 2027, linking the two cities in 40 minutes, while a 410km Tokyo-Osaka track is expected by 2045, cutting the journey time in half to just over an hour. But the cost of building the infrastructure for a commercial maglev service could be astronomical – almost $100 billion for the Tokyo-Nagoya stretch as more than 80% of the route will pass through mountain tunnels.
The Guardian

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