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December 2 2012

310mph train: Japanese firm unveils 'floating' train that can cover 200 miles in 40 mins

A rail operator in Japan has unveiled a prototype high-speed magnetic levitation , or 'maglev', train which uses state-of-the-art technology to hit speeds of 310mph.

Last week Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) revealed its Series L0 prototype, which it plans to operate on one of Japan's busiest routes from 2027.

Maglev trains use magnets to lift the train above the track, eliminating friction to provide a faster and quieter service.

JR Tokai says it aims to run the train between Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan's third largest incorporated city, on the JR Chuo Shinkansen Line, a route currently served by Japan's high-speed bullet trains. If approved, the new train will pass to the northwest of of Mount Fuji.

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