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Japan's latest maglev train passes its first test


Japan has long been known as a leader in the world of high-speed rail. And in 2027, the nation will be unveiling its latest crown jewel: the Maglev L0 (that's a zero at the end). When it starts service, the L0 will officially be the world's fastest train in service.

The Maglev L0 will run between Tokyo and Nagoya at speeds reaching 311 mph — fast enough to cut a 4.5 hour drive down to a mere 40 minutes. That's pretty dang fast. The current high-speed train servicing the popular commuter corridor takes about 90 minutes to complete the same one-way commute.

This is not the first prototype L0 train to come into existence.

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