Feeds

Japan confirms world's fastest maglev plan

310mph, $45bn project

High performance access to file storage

Japanese rail operator Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) has announced it will build the world's fastest maglev system, with 310mph (500km/h) vehicles running along a 180-mile (290km) track between Tokyo and central Japan.

According to Reuters, the 5.1 trillion yen ($44.7bn) project will be completed by 2025, and while JR Central has not confirmed the final destination, previous reports suggested a "first phase" between Tokyo and the central industrial city of Nagoya, with a later extension to Osaka.

A company spokesman confirmed that the new maglev, designed to replace the country's famous bullet trains, will outpace its Shanghai counterpart - currently the world's only commercially-operative example of the tech which flies at a modest 267mph (430km/h).

In China meanwhile, state media proudly reported earlier this month that the country's first 190mph (300km/h) bullet train has rolled off the production line, destined to cut journey times from 80 to 30 minutes on the 71-mile (115km) Beijing-Tianjin route, and due to enter service before the Olympics kick off in August next year.

Wang Yongping, a Ministry of Railways spokesman, explained that the streamlined aluminium alloy train is the "lightest of its kind in the world", and duly enthused: "China has joined an elite world club after Japan, France and Germany, to become the fourth country capable of turning out such high speed trains."

France is, of course, the operator of the world's fastest conventional tech train, which regularly reach 199mph (320km/h). Back in April, it broke the world's fastest "train on rails" record by accelerating a modified TGV to an impressive 356mph (574.8km/h). ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?
Recruiting now for charity starvation diet
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.