Central Japan Railway Company’s Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) bullet train broke the world record and reached a speed of 603kph during a test run in Yamanashi. The company already held the previous world record, set in in 2003 with its MLX01 maglev train.
The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 590kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581kph.
The maglev hovers 10 centimetres above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets. About 200 train buffs gathered to witness the record-setting run, with the crowd cheering as the train broke through 600 kph per hour mark.
“It gave me chills. I really want to ride on the train,” an elderly woman told public broadcaster NHK as the carriage rocketed past her. “It’s like I witnessed a new page in history.”
Yasukazu Endo, who heads the maglev test centre southwest of Tokyo, said: “The faster the train runs, the more stable it becomes – I think the quality of the train ride has improved”.