Japan resumed high speed tests on its experimental magnetic levitation train, or maglev, on Thursday (August 29) for the first time in 2 years and after nearly doubling the length of the test tracks to 26.5 miles long.
Floating on powerful superconducting magnets, 3 inches above its track, the linear motor train rack top speeds of up to 360 miles per hour.
The company, which already operates conventional high-speed rail services between the two cities, is pushing ahead with the maglev project even as a shrinking population and competition from new discount airlines erodes demand for rail travel.
Overseas, the company, as part of a Japanese consortium, is promoting the technology for a proposed route on the U.S. east coast connecting Washington and Boston.
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