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Maglev Trains

Japan is working on the next generation Shinkansen. They would like to build a very expense Maglev system. A several mile test track was built in the Yamanashi prefecture. It is on the right-of-way of the proposed Chuo Shinkansen. It would connect Tokyo with Osaka via the inland route (Chuo means central). To make this a valid test, tunnels and bridges and one station were built on a two track right-of-way. The webmaster went to the visitor center in August of 1998. It was not operating that day and the equipment was not in view. But it was still impressive.

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jpn-maglev01.jpg (32731 bytes)A poster demonstrating the look of the new trains. (8/98) jpn-maglev02.jpg (26369 bytes)Impressive bridge over the valley in this beautiful mountainous area! (8/98)
jpn-maglev03.jpg (36530 bytes)A view of the test track with a siding for the loading platforms. (8/98)  

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