Engineers in Japan have outdone themselves spectacularly when it comes to speeding trains. This is Central Japan Railway’s magnetic levitation* powered bullet train, otherwise known as Chūō Shinkansen. On a test track in central Japan, the train reached a mind-boggling top speed of 374 mph, or about 603 km/h – surpassing it’s own previous record by 13 km/h.
The train held its top speed for 10.7 seconds, during which time it covered 1.11 miles. According to the plans, these hyper fast trains will be operational to the public by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the first 87 mile section is finished between Tokyo and Kōfu. After that, the service will reach Nagoya by 2027 and Osaka by 2045.
*Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation) is a transport method that uses magnetic levitation to move vehicles without touching the ground. With maglev, a vehicle travels along a guideway using magnets to create both lift and propulsion, thereby reducing friction and allowing higher speeds.