Did you say 581km/h?!


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.

581km/h…. WHAT?!

Yes, 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.

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    ^ Rode and lived through it!

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   ^ Hit the green button and the door gets unlocked. 

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.

For those who would like to learn more about the Maglev can check out the video link or the wikipedia link. I do hope I can travel in a longer distance in the Maglev train someday :) 

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Artist: Kantoku <Link>


4 thoughts on “Did you say 581km/h?!”

  1. Technically, the maglev technology can allow for greater speeds, but the forces, stresses, and air pressure it creates limits the how fast the train is allowed to go. Imagine a maglev running by you and getting hit with the air pressure that it can generate. Maybe future designs will be able to address these issues (/engineering tech crap)

    Only 581 km/h? PSSFFF TELEPORTATION!!! =P

  2. Too bad Japanese “advanced” – there’s not even a chance for competition for french TGV now. Oh well – that probably means the world will soon be dominated by the French in rail and Japanese in maglev trains :)

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