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Japan Starting Construction of Fastest Maglev To Run between Tokyo and Nagoya

Nov. 28, 2018 (EIRNS)—Japan has launched the construction of what will be the world’s fastest maglev train, mostly underground, from Tokyo to Nagoya, aimed at completion in 2027.

Asahi Shimbun reports today as follows:

“Thirty-six meters wide, 83 meters deep. These are the dimensions of a vast vertical shaft created to start work on a tunnel for a train line from Tokyo to Nagoya—and running through it, the fastest Shinkansen in the world. Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), unveiled the deep shaft for the ambitious Linear Chuo Shinkansen project on Nov. 28, with plans to open the new line in 2027.

“High-speed trains using the magnetic levitation system will run at depths of more than 40 meters in certain urban areas and at blazing speeds of 500 kph.

“The vertical shaft has a 6-meter-thick concrete floor at the bottom and is about 1.5 kilometers from the starting station of Shinagawa in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward. A disassembled boring machine will be transported to the site and lowered down the shaft. Once assembled, it will be used to dig the main line’s tunnel toward Nagoya Station. After the start of train operations, the vertical shaft will allow for ventilation and provide emergency exits.”