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Maglev train in China travels 501km/hr (over 311mi/hr)!!

Old 01-17-06, 05:30 PM
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The video's about 6 min long, but check out the speedometer onboard this puppy It hits 501 km/hr while elevated above the ground using magnets and electromagnetic propulsion to move forward. If only we had this in the states.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...q=maglev+train
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Old 01-17-06, 06:20 PM
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WOW! We desperately need a train like that going up and down the coast of Cali! Go from LA to SF in just 1.5 hours!!! Vegas in less than 1-hour! The Europeans are talking about building a tunnel under the ocean with a mag-lev train. And the tunnel will be sucked out to a near-vacuum, no wind-resistance! The thing should be moving close to 600mph! WOW!

The US is SO far behind the Europeans in transportation technology. Our roads are falling apart while they're building carbon-fibre roads that are super-strong and lightweight.
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Old 01-17-06, 06:45 PM
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Hmm, isn't it Japenese?

Anyway if you think 501kph is impressive... how about Vactrain? Maglev in vacuum tubes, theoretically frictionless, going to about 8Mmph (8,000kph)! London to New York in an hour, what say you?
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Vac traines are a pipe dream.
This is real.
BTW: If you think the speed is impressive, look at the logistics of the japanese train schedules.

Originally Posted by Wikipedia
In 2003, JR Central reported that the Shinkansen's average arrival time was within 0.1 minutes or 6 seconds of the scheduled time. This includes all natural and human accidents and errors and is calculated from all of about 160,000 trips Shinkansen made. The previous record was from 1997 and was 0.3 minutes or 18 seconds.
160000 trips and the average deviation from scheduled time is 6 seconds.
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LOL at the 3:06 mark, you can see the face of a man hanging on for his dear life.
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Only prob is that if something breaks down, your 1 hour 300 mile commute becomes a 6 hour ride back home on a bus or worse yet, you have to stay in one of these capsule hotel rooms overnight.
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I actually went on that thing. It links the Shanghai metro system to the airport. It's amazingly smooth.
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I think this one is actually in Japan, but there is one in Shanghai, too. My bad
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Its not at all surprising that in such a car crazy culture like ours that we have nothing like that here. A conutry of this size really needs to get its act together when it comes to interstate public transit. The cost effectiveness arguments are getting old. If countries such as China can afford such an enterprise surely we can initiate some kind of funding for such a project. In all of the USA we only have 1 high speed train line from DC to Boston, and that isn't even really high speed compared to some of the European or Asian lines.....shameful!
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