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Japan unveiled its new 500 kilometers per hour maglev bullet train

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 22, 2020
JR Central unveiled its new maglev bullet train, whizzing reporters along an experimental track at speeds of up to 500 kilometers per hour, as work forges ahead on the Chuo Shinkansen Line that is set to link Tokyo and Nagoya.
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Maglev   JR Central
The 42.8-kilometer-long experimental track runs between the Yamanashi Prefecture cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki in central Japan. JR Central hopes to start commercial maglev operations in 2027.

Topics: Japan

The train reporters boarded was an L0 series model. Just like the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train line's 0 series, the "0" indicates that it is a first generation train. The latest model has a rounder nose, lowering wind resistance compared to previous models, thereby saving power and reducing noise.

It remains unclear, however, whether commercial operations will be able to commence in 2027, as JR Central plans, as the local government in Shizuoka Prefecture, through which the planned route extends, has not given its permission for construction to go ahead.