China and Japan have been constantly trying to outdo each other when it comes to high-speed rail. Now, the Central Japan Railway Company has announced that it plans to build the world’s fastest train. The train, to be completed in 2027, will travel between Tokyo and Nagoya on a 178 miles rail extension line, estimated to cost about $64 billion. The speedy train will run up to 310 miles per hour, cutting down the hour and half long journey by 40 minutes — the current line runs at about 167 miles per hour.

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To gain additional speed, the new rail will use magnetic levitation — where powerful magnets elevate the train above the track, cutting down friction. The current high-speed record is held by a Chinese passenger train that traveled 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) during a test run on a still unopened line between Beijing and Shanghai.

Via NY Times

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