Published on Jun 4, 2013
Floating by at 311mph: Japanese 'Maglev' bullet train undergoes its first successful test run
The trains use magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels
The Tokyo to Nagoya travel time will be cut from 90 minutes to 40 minutes
$64bn project to build a track linking Tokyo to Osaka by 2045
The first five carriages will be ready for commercial use in 2027.Japan's floating bullet trains - which will travel at up speeds of up to 311mph - have undergone their first test runs.
The magnetic levitation, or 'maglev' trains, use state-of-the-art technology to reach mind-blowing speeds.
The teams behind the operation aim to have an established track from Tokyo to Osaka by 2045, eventually linking the entire country from north to south.Maglev trains use magnets to lift the carriages above the track, eliminating the need for wheels and therefore any incidence of friction, providing a faster and quieter service.
The first five of the Series LO cars, manufactured by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), are propelled by magnetic forces and have undergone initial tests that involved being pushed along the track by a maintenance car, the Telegraph reported.
Official test runs are scheduled to begin in September, and are on schedule to be running between Tokyo and Nagoya, the third largest city in Japan, by 2027.