Record-Breaking Commuter Train
Japanese commuter train experts
achieved a new milestone. Japanese bullet train,
Maglev, powered by magnetic levitation, broke
its own record, and achieved a new record speed
of 581 km/ h.
Record was broken in a test run
with a crew of 12 on-board, and it was 2 km/h
faster then the world record, set on November
19th of last year.
Testing of the new train, which
operates on the principles of magnetic levitation,
and by which it was named, has been conducted
since 1997. Special rails located in western
Tokyo are being used as the test site. The new
commuter train has not been put in public service
yet, and there has not been a definite date
set for this as of yet.
One such train has already been
put in commercial service in 2002, in Shangai,
China, and its service data is used for feasibility
of train use in public transportation.
The new train employs newer technology
that relies on use of super-conducive magnets
affixed to the train; thus, allowing the train
to travel at speeds much higher then its wheel-based