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Kyushu (south of Japan): the “train of dreams” is alive !!


JR Kyushu-luxury train

JR Kyushu-luxury train (Picture: JR Kyushu)


Luxury ‘dream train’ designed over 100 years ago goes into service in Kyushu!

Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyu-shu) has just launched the commercial operation of a luxury passenger train, a revival of a dream train created more than a century ago. The train, Aru Ressha, features a gold and black exterior with an arabesque design and a gorgeous interior comparable to that of a luxury hotel. Passengers are served a first-class sweets course that uses seasonal food from the region. The train was originally built by a U.S. company in 1908 following an order from the then predecessor of JR Kyushu, but did not go into service at the time as the Japanese company was nationalized.” (Japan Times)

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Kyushu (south of Japan): the “train of dreams” is alive !!



Are Japanese MAGLEV (Magnetic Levitation) Trains the next thing?



Japanese MAGLEV (Magnetic Levitation) Trains

Japanese MAGLEV (Magnetic Levitation) Trains



Magnetically levitated (MAGLEV) trains are considered as a future application of HTS development. To understand why, we must look briefly at the history of the railroads. The development of trains and rails began in the early 1800s. The modern conventional train is no faster (~110 mph) than those of the late 1890s. So conventional trains have reached the end phase of their development.

France, Germany, and Japan have developed “high-speed” or “bullet” trains capable of speeds of 150-180 mph. This improvement in speed is based upon improved rails and controls. However, this technology has also reached the end phase of its development. One limiting factor for these trains is the expensive and time-consuming maintenance of the rails. So it is the mechanical friction between train wheels and metal tracks that limit this technology. This leads us to the development of the magnetically levitated (no friction) trains.

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The Chuo Shikansen MAGLEV Project from JR Tokai – JR Central

While its fastest bullet trains can cut the transit time from Tokyo to Osaka from about 6 hours by car to about 2 hours and 20 minutes by bullet train, JR Tokai is dreaming of a next generation maglev system that could go even faster, completing the 500+ kilometer (310+ mile) journey in under an hour.

The Chuo Shinkansen Maglev, a $90B USD Project: a superconducting magnetically levitated (SCMaglev) train design (a type of electrodynamic suspension Maglev), which travels along a U-shaped track at speeds of up 505 km/hr (311 mph).

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Want to see what it feels like in such a train (at 500 km/h)?

Check the following demo video:






South of Japan: JR Kyushu to be fully privatised in fiscal 2016

Train in Kyushu (image source: JR Kyushu)

Train in Kyushu (image source: JR Kyushu)


The Japanese government has recently decided to put Kyushu Railway Co. under full private ownership in fiscal 2016. It has decided to pursue full privatization because JR Kyushu has achieved good business results in the fields of real estate and hotels, according to officials. JR Kyushu is one of seven railway operators established after the breakup of Japanese National Railways, or JNR, in April 1987.

Time to invest maybe?

Read morehttp://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/27/business/corporate-business/jr-kyushu-to-be-fully-privatized-in-fiscal-2016/#.VPLxQek3PIU


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