Have you ever dreamed of being able to teletransport? Well, that may not happen any time soon, but the Maglev Train, the fastest train on earth and Japan’s newest pride, is perhaps the closest thing to it nowadays.
Japan is known for its bullet trains and its top-notch technology, and the Maglev is a prime example of how the future is shaping towards a fast, yet incredibly comfortable traveling experience for everybody. The Maglev is bound to be so fast that it would look like it’s actually floating in the air, just like if you were in the middle of a Jetsons cartoon. This dream-like experience is about to become a reality any time now, as the Maglev is keen to take down the Shinkansen as the fastest train in the world once it’s ready a couple of years from now.
How does it work?
The SC Maglev, developed by the Central Japan Railway Company and the Railway Technical Research Institute since the ‘70s is based on the principle of magnetic repulsion, which is capable of creating an incredibly strong electromagnetic field between the rails and the train itself.The world Maglev actually comes from the world Magnetic and Levitation, as the train is pretty much going to be floating in the air thanks to its integrated electrodynamic suspension system called EDS. The magnetic force that makes the train go up in the air will also keep it moving and between the rails, so the traveling experience will be incredibly smooth while also being one of the safest trains in the world.
How fast can it go?
Back in 2015, a Maglev train broke all kinds of records as it reached as much as 375 mph, much more than the already functioning Maglev trains in Shanghai, China, and South Korea, which run at 268, and 311 mph, respectively.
Also, the Maglev broke the record set by the Shinkansen during a test drive in Miyazaki. While most Shinkansens can go as fast as 274 mph, the Maglev proved to be a much faster mean of transportation.
Where will it go?
The SC Maglev is designed to go from Tokyo to Nagoya in just 40 minutes once it’s completely done in 2027. This would be much faster than traveling by plane or the existing trains, and also way cheaper. Nonetheless, the project is destined to keep on working until the Maglev is able to go from Tokyo to Osaka in less than an hour, which is expected to happen around 2045, according to projections. Most of the 177 miles of the route will be underground, and it will go through some mountains as well. Up to this day, the project is expected to require an investment of no less than 55 trillion dollars.
Once it’s finished, it will have as much as 16 cabins and will be able to take as much as 1000 passengers by the trip, and people can actually take part in test drives in the SC Maglev Parkway in Nagoya.