New 600-kph magnetic train to operate in Japan by 2027

5 years ago by in Japan

Central Japan Railway has announced on Wednesday that is planning to build a high-speed magnetic train and put it into operation by 2027. The train will be able to reach a maximum speed of 600 kph.

The company, which is already testing the Maglev trains, will start building the new line next year.

Central Japan Railway is planning to build the first route between Tokyo and Nagoya and intends to inaugurate it in 2027. The line will be 286 kilometers long and the new train will reach the destination in only 40 minutes, instead of the 100 minutes that currently-available bullet train service requires, according to the international press.

Maglev trains use a method of propulsion that is based on magnetic levitation to propel vehicles with magnets rather than with wheels, axles and bearings.

Thanks to the magnetic field the motors generate, the train actually rests up to 10 centimeters above the rails, eliminating contact with them and – thus – with air as the only friction-causing element, a situation that allows the train to move at higher speeds.

Central Japan Railway has built a 42.8 kilometer track to test the train. The track has curves and tunnels and was built in Yamanashi Prefecture west of Tokyo.