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Look, Ma, no wheels! How maglev trains reach 500kph

A maglev train runs along a test track in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo.   © Courtesy of JR Tokai

TOKYO -- JR Tokai, a railway operator in central Japan, is scheduled to begin construction this autumn on the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line. The line's magnetically levitated, or maglev, trains will be the fastest in the world, running at up to 500kph.

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