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Fabulous flying The Maglev actually does not touch the tracks when traveling. Its superconductors let the trains float above the rails. The Siemens-Alstrom train levitate 1cm (0,39 in) above the track. Japan's shinkansen runs 10 cm (3,9 in) above the tracks. The shinkansen uses wheels to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) before it levitates. At speed, supercold liquefied helium minimized energy loss in the magnetic field. The European model uses regular magnets, but enables immediate flight.
Maglev research started in 1962, and by 1970 studies of electrodynamic levitation systems using superconducting magnets took shape. The first test run took place in 1979. In December 1986, a 3-car train registered 352.4 km/h (220 mph). In December 1997, a manned MLX01 attained 531 km/h (331 mph), and unmanned, attained 550 km/h (344 mph). The following year, a test of two trains passing each other at a relative speed of 966 km/h was run successfully. In March 1999, an unmanned five-car MLX01 reached 548 km/h (342 mph). In April, the manned five-car MLX01 set a fabulously fast world speed record at 552 km/h (345 mph).
Originally posted by weedwhacker
reply to post by justsomeboreddude
Here's an idea, boreddude....those blokes overseas have perfected the technology....let's suck them over here! It's the exact opposite of Corporations outsourcing from the USA to oversea countries...let's turn the tableson 'em!!!
Oh...and does THIS thread compete with your other one???
Originally posted by justsomeboreddude
reply to post by rapinbatsisaltherage
Thanks for posting. Sorry to burst your bubble, but they are not planning a maglev train. It is going to be more like Amtrak/Acela. If you look at the link in the opening post it goes into detail about it.