Japanese Maglev bullet train hits record 375 mph

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  1. kinneyjames

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...oating-train-hits-375mph-latest-test-run.html

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    Less than a week since it smashed its previous speeds, the so-called Japanese bullet train has entered the record books once more.

    The seven-car Maglev - short for 'magnetic levitation' - hit a top speed of 375mph (603 km/h) and travelled for almost 11 seconds at speeds above 373mph (600km/h) during a test run near Mount Fuji.

    The run beat last week's speeds of 366mph (590kph), which in turn beat the train's previous 12-year record of 361mph (581km/h).

    The train is able to go this fast because it makes use of a charge to lift and move it above a guideway.

    It hovers four inches (10cm) above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets.

    The technology promises a ride that's smoother, quieter and almost twice as fast as traditional high-speed rail.
     
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    Zero survivors when this fucker jumps the tracks......
     
  3. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Now if they can just get these things on the Disney monorail system, we'll be good.
     
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    stil doesn't seem fast enough
     
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    a shame that we're so behind.
     
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    I know it's for aerodynamic purposes, but the front of the train looks like a piece of taffy pulled out.
     
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    Should be fun when it hits a cow going 600 kph.
     
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    Faster train = less time to feel up schoolgirls

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    Al qaeda loves this idea.
     
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    Kawaii!!!!! :yay:
     
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    Taking their already existing high speed trains is a great experience - snack carts are brought around by nicely dressed attendants. The cars are very quiet while running and, because of the culture, I guess, every car is a "quiet car." Made the front of the airplane I rode in to get there seem like a cattle car by comparison.

    And we'll never get them here - the money & disruption to the existing commuting infrastructure will preclude it along with various regulations, political interests, etc.
     
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    magnets???

    yea there is no way that can go wrong


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    Its not that we are behind but that we live in a much larger country and cant connect our cities like this for a lot of different reasons primarily cost.
     
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    Are you implying you are not looking forward to taking the high speed rail to Fresno a few years after we've run out of water.
     
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    Fresno??

    depends ....
     
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    I was on that renfe about 3 weeks before it melted :terror:
     
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    I took a Shinkansen (bullet train) from Mt. Fuji back to Tokyo. It was INSANE. So cool. And smooth.

    And they put a speedometer in each cabin too, to show you how fast you're going.

    Their public transportation system is so far and away ahead of ours, it's depressing. We should have bullet trains between major cities. Especially out west, where there's long stretches of nothing. Building would cost minimal. Nothing to go over or under. But instead... Nothing.
     
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    so that's about 5 hours at full speed before it runs into the water?