Riding The World's Fastest Train
Tom Scott geta a ride on the SCMaglev, a Japanese magnetic levitation railway system that holds the record for a top-speed of 375 mph (600 km/h).
"I thought maglev trains were a dead-end technology: but it looks like I was wrong.
At JR Central's Yamanashi Maglev Test Track, I rode Japan's new maglev." (Tom Scott)
Maglev trains use magnetism to levitate above the tracks on which they travel.
They are faster, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly than modern wheeled trains.
Maglev is short for magnetic levitation and is a system of train transportation that uses two sets of electromagnets: one set to repel and push the train up off the track, and another set to move the elevated train ahead, taking advantage of the lack of friction.
Such trains rise approximately 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) off the track.
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