My brother is a major train fan. He loves to see how fast the countless trains go, remember the complicated names of them (most of them are a different language to me), and most of all, ride them. Over the years, he’s ridden on the ultra-fast bullet trains (shinkansen), the sparkling trains they call “specially fast”, and all the locals. But most likely, the train he remembers the most is the L0 series maglev (Chuo Shinkansen), or for short, “the Linear”.
This train isn’t a normal train.
Since 1970, people from the Japanese Airlines and the Japanese National Railways worked to make the world’s fastest train— and not just a normal train, but a maglev.
A maglev, according to Wikipedia, is: [A] system of train transportation that uses two sets of magnets, one set to repel and push the train up off the track, and another set to move the elevated train ahead, taking advantage of the lack of friction.
If that’s hard for you, think of the north side of the magnet. It connects with the south side. When you try to put it together with the other north side, they repel. In the same way, maglev trains work up electricity on their bodies somehow to create a certain side of magnet (north or south) to be the same with the magnets connected to the sides of the rail. When they repel, the immediately push away from each other. And it continues. The magnets continue to repel from each other, and the train goes faster and faster.
When it wants to stop, the train slowly does the opposite— it changes the magnet form to a different side then the magnets lining the railroad, so the train will slow and slide to the station.
The L0 Series is the fastest maglev or train in the world, at 603 km/h (375 mph).
The Linear isn’t used publicly yet. Though it is still being tested, my brother, mom, and little sister managed to win a ticket to ride it!
I didn’t ride it (I had no interest), but my brother said it felt like he was in an airplane as the train floated up and began speeding across the railroad. They were in a tunnel the whole way, each person staring at the screen in front of their seat, showing the screen of the scenery ahead and how fast it is currently going.
Lastly, here is a video of it moving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=Lts8Zx6ONbM&feature=emb_logo
Supposedly, in the future it will also be coming to America and allow passengers to travel from New York City to Washington D.C. in just one hour!
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