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(The Japan Times)   342 mph (552 km/h) maglev train gives free rides in Japan   ( divider line
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2002-06-11 08:43:10 AM  
Is there any chance the track could bend?
2002-06-11 09:37:28 AM  
This ride is for 18.4 km at 500 kph? Cripes, not even 3 minutes. You'd have to drink your beer in the bar car awfully darn fast.
2002-06-11 12:37:09 PM  
In other news, train company realizes their 500 billion dollar train will never turn a profit and therefore gives up and gives rides for free.
2002-06-11 12:37:23 PM  
What's the fuggin hurry?? Sheeesh.
2002-06-11 12:38:58 PM  
Heard from the train as it passes thru town.
2002-06-11 12:39:26 PM  
JR Tokai

I loved his books, Lord of the Rings etc.
2002-06-11 12:39:51 PM  
Wow this would be a damn cool ride.

I wonder what a penny strapped to that track would look like.
2002-06-11 12:40:35 PM  
Ludicrous speed, GOOO!!!

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2002-06-11 12:42:40 PM  
The original headline also read, "Still no flying cars."
2002-06-11 12:44:43 PM  
I want flying cars damnit!

and a corn dog right now.
2002-06-11 12:47:43 PM  
Flea Lides.
2002-06-11 12:47:44 PM  
If they can push it another 50kph, they'll pass the Bukkakke barrier.
2002-06-11 12:49:31 PM  
I want one of these in my backyard. ;)
2002-06-11 12:51:18 PM  
If I have sex, is it free?
2002-06-11 12:52:02 PM  
It'd be like going on one of those plane journeys that last an hour. "Here's your food, hurry up and eat we need to land".
2002-06-11 12:52:33 PM  
I bet it has the world record for "Smashing stuff faster than any other smashing thing"
2002-06-11 12:52:39 PM  
Or should i say, does that include the sex?
2002-06-11 12:52:56 PM  
I wouldn't want to see a trainload of people passing that barrier, Deathcow.
2002-06-11 12:53:11 PM  
In other Japanese news this morning, thousands of Hokkaido residents are pooping on each other for pleasure.
2002-06-11 12:55:37 PM  
And Germany turns in all the scat cams
2002-06-11 12:57:44 PM  
thst is all the news......move along....nothing to see here.....
2002-06-11 12:58:58 PM  
"The inauguration of the maglev will break Japan's stagnation, both politically and economically," he reckoned."

Not askin' much from a farking choo-choo, are you guys?

Nutty lil Nippers.
2002-06-11 12:59:58 PM  
Sagacity: LOL! Phppt'd my coffee on the computer screen!
2002-06-11 01:00:12 PM  
Hm. 342 mph on the ground. That's New york to LA in about half a day. (or "all day" if you're talking "business day"). For shorter travel like along the eastern seaboard, it could basically replace air travel.

But, at 8 trillion yen (about $80 billion) for a 40-mile track or whatever, it ain't cheap. That's basically the net worth of ALL the major airlines in the US put together, for one shiatty little track. Good luck seeing this anywhere else in the world.
2002-06-11 01:00:15 PM  
free? can i pay to sit on top?
2002-06-11 01:01:00 PM  

Not on your life, my Hindu friend!

(sorry noone got that sooner.)
2002-06-11 01:01:27 PM  
Electric boards at the entrances to the seating areas flash when the train's speed hits 452 kph, usually setting off excited cries and picture-taking among the passengers.

Wouldn't those pictures be a bit blurry?
2002-06-11 01:01:43 PM  
What is a 342 mph derailment like?
2002-06-11 01:01:46 PM  
If it goes that damn fast, I don't want it to be free. No discount seatbelts for me, thank you.
2002-06-11 01:04:17 PM  
Do Japanese teenagers try to beat the train at the crossing like they do in the US? (Many here come in 2nd place)
2002-06-11 01:04:24 PM  
Chanle51 "Not on your life my hindu friend!"

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2002-06-11 01:05:19 PM  
Nothing would happen to a penny on the tracks because the train floats above the tracks.

Anyone have a video or animation of how this thing works? It sounds hella cool.
2002-06-11 01:06:05 PM  
Meanwhile, we can't get a train that goes consistently over 30 mph in the US...
2002-06-11 01:08:05 PM  
Other Japan Times headline:

Seven execs arrested in chicken-labeling conspiracy

It just makes me laugh and laugh.
2002-06-11 01:08:43 PM  
Scope the Japanese SuperBoot Girls (SFW)
2002-06-11 01:09:31 PM  
Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! The monorail is very....D'oh!
2002-06-11 01:10:06 PM  
Anybody remember this....

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2002-06-11 01:10:13 PM  
A penny on the tracks would upset the electromagnetic field and send the entire train hurtling across the countryside at over three hundred miles per hour.

So, don't do that.
2002-06-11 01:11:52 PM  
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2002-06-11 01:13:04 PM  
2002-06-11 01:13:30 PM  
Now they need one that goes from San Diego to San Fransisco w/stops in LA and Sac. That would rule.
2002-06-11 01:17:07 PM  
"reeeeeeeeee" fuggin funny ('D
2002-06-11 01:18:10 PM  
For a country that relies so heavily on train travel, this would be a godsend. And none of the bullet trains supposedly turn a profit btw. They are a source of national pride at this point.

Heaven help us if America ever gets a train that fast (aka useful). Amtrak would run it into the ground anyway. BLAH.
2002-06-11 01:20:14 PM  
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All Your Levitron are Belong to Us
2002-06-11 01:20:51 PM  
A penny strapped to the track of this thing would look like a penny afterwards...
it's a maglev train. It doesn't roll on the track. Well, not after the first 30 seconds or so. After that point, it's floating 10 cm off the surface of the track.

And remember, it's a prototype. Prototypes are damn expensive. Full of safety and monitoring equipment and all. Once they've figured out all the fun details, these things could be built much cheaper.

On the other hand, think of this... If that train were to fall off the track somehow at top speed, just HOW MUCH DAMAGE would a train moving over 500 kph do in an urban setting? That's a lot of kinetic energy. One of these things falling off the track could put a serious dent in a city, and there's not really a lot of space in Japan to put these things. I guess you could put em underground, but that means royally screwing the subway system while they put in the new stuff.
2002-06-11 01:21:16 PM  
I'm all for young Japanese girls in big boots.

But then again, I'm a perv.
2002-06-11 01:24:18 PM  
Problem with trains in this country is that they have to stop at every pissant town along the way. So even a train that hits 80mph still averages 40mph thanks to all the 2 horse towns along the way.

I would love to have a Japanese style mag train in this country. Especially for short trips under 500 miles that are too long to drive, and too expensive to fly.
2002-06-11 01:27:04 PM  
yeah, amtrak had that technology in the acela and screwed it up. The acela is technically fast enough to do boston-NY in an hour and a quarter and does it in 3 and change. I would LOVE a train that could actually do bos-NY in an hour and NY-DC in another hour... acela is already the only profitable part of amtrak, imagine if it was actually faster than flying... damn, too bad it'll never happen.
2002-06-11 01:31:57 PM  
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2002-06-11 01:37:12 PM  
The penny revisited:

Though the train is off the tracks by 10cm, there's still 300+ mph of wind that would suck it right up. I guess where it would go is anyone's guess.
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