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SCI/TECH: Japan's first maglev train service begins ahead of World Expo

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posted on Mar, 6 2005 @ 02:15 PM
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The first commercial magnetically levitated in japan has begun service. Also known as a maglev, the train will provide access to the 2005 World exposition. The train covers 8.9 kilometers between the Fujigaoka station in Nagoya and Bampaku Yakusa station. The train is entirely computer operated and the trip takes 15 minutes at a speed of 100 kph.

 



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TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's first commercial magnetically levitated, or maglev, train system has begun service, providing access to the site of the 2005 World Exposition.

The service, nicknamed "Linimo," covers 8.9 kilometers (5.5 miles) between Fujigaoka station in Nagoya and Bampaku Yakusa station, adjacent to the expo site, which will officially open on March 25.

The train travels the distance in 15 minutes at a maximum speed of 100 kilometres per hour. The computer-controlled cars operate without motormen. A one-way fare costs 340 yen (3.30 dollars).


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While the train itself is a scientific feat, is it really a viable form of transportation for the future. Some studies have envisioned maglevs operating in essential a vacuum tube where they would achieve great speed. However, the cost of such a system would no doubt be very prohibitive. In addition, how much did the maglev cost versus a conventional train? I seems that until room temperature superconductors come into play, they simply will not be practical.




posted on Mar, 6 2005 @ 02:49 PM
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Where would we be if Henry Ford thought that the cost of creating an automobile was prohibitive when there were Horse drawn carts available?


Maglev is cool and the practical implications are unclear but if it creates jobs and your the forerunner of the technology I cant see it dying.



posted on Mar, 6 2005 @ 02:58 PM
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Originally posted by subz
Maglev is cool and the practical implications are unclear but if it creates jobs and your the forerunner of the technology I cant see it dying.


Im ot denying its a cool technology, however, look at the state of rail systems when you compare them to the efficiencies of aircraft. The TGV is heavily subsidized, Amtrack is as will. The Shin Kassen line of bullet trains in Japan are also subsadized. Plain and simple beyond the bulk transportation of good, rail (be it maglev or not) simply cannot compete.



posted on Mar, 6 2005 @ 04:58 PM
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You just have to give it time. Nothing reaches perfection overnight, or even in a matter of years. How long did it even take before any aircraft made it to the point where it was the viable form of transportation (matter of opinion). Now that we have an actual maglev in operation people and companies will do R&D to compete for contracts and whatnot. Who knows maybe in 15-20 years a majority of the world's subways will be replaced with evolved high speed maglevs ( I dont doubt this at all)



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