All You Need To Know About The World's Fastest Train – L0 Series Maglev

All You Need To Know About The World's Fastest Train – L0 Series Maglev

The L0 Series is a Japanese maglev train developed by the Central Japan Railway Company. It was unveiled in November 2012. It can be easily distinguished by it's extremely long nose (5 metres / 49 ft) that helps reduce drag, increase speed and decrease energy consumption.

L0 Series Maglev going fast

This train holds the land speed record at 603 km/h (375 mph) that was achieved on 21 April 2015. It broke the speed record of 581 km/h (361 mph) that was set by another Japanese maglev, the MLX01 in December 2003. Out of the top 10 fastest trains in the world, 5 are Japanese.

L0 Series Maglev Long Nose

This train will start it's commercial operation on the Tokyo and Osaka. The operational speed will be 505 km/h (314 mph) and it will take only 40 minutes to go from Tokyo to Nagoya, covering 286 km / 178 miles), and 1 hour 7 minutes between Tokyo and Osaka. The first section to Nagoya is expected to be ready by 2027. There are currently 14 pre-production L0 Series maglevs being built. The complete Chūō Shinkansen maglev line is expected to cost $100 billion.

L0 Series Maglev Stats:

  • Legth: 28 metres (92 ft)
  • Length of the Nose: 15 metres (49 ft)
  • Max Speed: 603 km/h (375 mph)
  • Operational Speed: 505 km/h (314 mph)
  • Four seats per row
  • Color: white and blue
  • Formation: 5 to 12 cars
  • Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyo