posted on Mar, 6 2005 @ 02:15 PM
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.
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's first commercial magnetically levitated, or maglev, train system has begun service, providing access to the site of the 2005
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.