High-speed train almost as fast as plane The first train of the new Hokuriku shinkansen or bullet train, bound for Tokyo, runs near Shin-Takaoka Station in Takaoka, Toyama prefecture (Getty Images / Reuters)
High-speed train almost as fast as plane
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This is one fast train. The fastest in the world, actually.

Now, a Japanese maglev has broken its own speed record. Operator JR Central said the passenger train reached 375 miles per hour. It was during a test run. That beat its record of 361 mph. That mark was set in 2003. The train traveled for just over a mile at a speed exceeding 373 mph.

Japan's high-speed rail services are among the most advanced in the world. Hundreds of trains run each day with minimal delays. They operate differently from traditional trains. Unlike "bullet trains" that run on steel rails, magnetic levitation trains hover above rails. The trains are suspended by powerful magnets.

The Maglev Test Line is near Mount Fuji. That is about 50 miles west of Tokyo. It is developing technology for use on a 250-mile link. That would reduce travel time between Tokyo and Osaka to just over an hour. The current minimum by bullet train is nearly three hours.

The maglev trains began as a project of Japan Airlines and the national railways with government support. The trains have undergone decades of testing. Construction of the Tokyo-Osaka link began in 2014. It is expected to cost more than $76 billion.

The line will mostly run under mountains. It is due to begin operations in the late 2020s. A similar system operates in Shanghai, China. It links its airport in the seaside suburbs of Pudong to the city's subway system.

Critical thinking challenge: CTC: Why might it be better to run a train under a mountain than over it?

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COMMENTS (8)
  • wizzard101
    4/28/2015 - 08:04 a.m.

    THis train is amaaaazing!!!! I would love to take a ride on that! It would cut down on commuters' travel time and save them the hassle of driving!

  • ThomasA5
    4/29/2015 - 11:12 a.m.

    Critical thinking challenge: CTC: Why might it be better to run a train under a mountain than over it?

    It might be better to run a train under a mountain because if a train misses the tracks or a stop, it can hurt, or kill people. If the train misses the tracks, it would probably take down the mountain. In the text it says " Unlike bullet trains that run on steel rails, magnetic levitation trains hover above rails."

  • ThomasA5
    4/29/2015 - 11:20 a.m.

    The text feature helped me understand that this story would be about trains. But not just that. The caption helped me. The picture helped me because it shows a train and the caption told me that it is the new fastest train and that is as fast as a plane.

  • elid-Duk
    4/30/2015 - 02:11 p.m.

    This is so cool! When it is started to be used it will save a lot of time.

  • AlexanderR-Bru
    4/30/2015 - 03:23 p.m.

    The Maglev has broken its own speed record for trains.That beat its record of 361 mph. That mark was set in 2003. The train traveled for just over a mile at a speed exceeding 373 mph.

  • JacobK-Bru
    5/01/2015 - 02:50 p.m.

    The main idea of the article is the high speed bullet train. It can reach a amazing speed of 373 mph and it also broke its own record speed of 361 mph. how they get the is 'magnetic levitation help the train go a lot faster'. It says 'the magnet level began as a project of Japan Airlines and the national railways with government support' I believe this means the government help pay for the cost of the new bullet train. The total cost of the bullet train is 76 billion dollars. The bullet train is to be the fastest train in the world because of the magnet level. 'In the future the new bullet train will be able to go under mountains'.

  • Declanc-Cla
    5/18/2015 - 04:52 p.m.

    if they make the train better it might brake the sound barrier that would be cool

  • thomasp-pay
    8/31/2015 - 10:55 a.m.

    That is awsome maybe one day we can make a train that can go 600 miles per min.

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