Was looking through Youtube the other day for videos of trains. I’m pretty much a train fanboy ^^; Just find them pretty cool, don’t ask me why.
Anyway, I was looking for the train announcements for JR trains when I stumbled upon this very crazy video. It features the Japanese Maglev train running at a speed of 581km/h.
This is the JR Maglev that is developed by the Japan Railway Technical Research Institute. The JR-Maglev MLX01 (X being experimental) is composed of a maximum of 5 cars to run on the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line and attained a maximum speed of 581km/h (361 mph) in a manned vehicle run (world speed record for railed vehicles).
Short video (alternative view of the train)
I am pretty shocked at the speed the maglev (experimental) train has managed to attain. The only other fastest Maglev train I have taken was the Shanghai Maglev train (431km/h) back in 2006 during my study trip there.
The whole Maglev ride was really cool. Very comfortable and almost not much of noise is produced. It took about 7 ~ 8 minutes of traveling time over the stretch of 31km. I would prefer taking the Maglev as to a plane if I were to a domestic travel in countries offering Maglev/Shinkansen/TGVs ^^;
Complete video presentation of Shanghai trasrapid super speed magnetic levitation train.
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Artist: Kantoku <Link>