Maglev train

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A maglev train in China

Maglev trains are a very fast type of train. Magnetic levitation is a technology that uses magnetic fields to make the train move. These fields lift the train a small distance above the tracks and moves the train. They are much faster than regular trains. By 2035, a trip from Toronto to Vancouver will take 3 hours. This same trip takes three days on a regular train. After this technology has been perfected, people will be able to travel faster across land on a maglev train than they would in an airplane.

The highest known speed of a maglev train is 600 km/h (370 mph). This was done in Japan in 2015

The magnetic field created by around a current carrying wire is the simple idea behind a maglev trains rail system. There are three components to this system:

- a large electrical power source - metal coils lining a guideway (track) - large guidence magnets attached to the under side of the train.

The maglev train in Shanghai is the fastest train in the world and just recently broke the world record. Using Magnetic Levitation it does not actually touch the ground.