311mph (500km) Bullet Train [Video]

The Japanese Bullet trains use magnetic levitation to help reach speeds over 311 mph (500km). Halving national travel times across the country, the plan to extend the Maglev’ bullet train railway from Tokyo to Osaka (over 500km) is estimated to cost $64bn.

The magnetic levitation, or ‘maglev’ trains, use state-of-the-art technology to reach mind-blowing speeds. The teams behind the operation aim to have an established track from Tokyo to Osaka by 2045, eventually linking the entire country from north to south. Maglev trains use magnets to lift the carriages above the track, eliminating the need for wheels and therefore any incidence of friction, providing a faster and quieter service.