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Brief Published: 23 Feb 2011

Japan to Host World's Fastest Train


The Central Japan Railway company has announced plans to build the fastest train in the world by 2027, to run between Tokyo and Nagoya.

The new line, at an estimated cost of $64 billion, will run for 178 miles with trains reaching speeds of 310 miles per hour. The current highest world speed is 167 miles per hour. The new train will use magnetic levitation technology to elevate the carriages above the track, reducing friction and increasing speed.

An existing Tokyo to Osaka line, which forms part of the plan for the new high-speed line, will be extended in 2045.

Central Japan Railway