The Development of Superconducting Maglev System

  • Kazuo Sawada
Conference paper


JR Maglev using superconducting magnets on board levitates about 100mm from the ground facilities and is propelled by linear motor. This scheme enable the train to run at very high speed. The final target of this Maglev is the high speed ground transportation system with the revenue speed of 500km/h. As the final stage of its development we constructed the Yamanashi Test Line. It has a length of 18.4km, partially with double tracks. The first train set consists of 3 cars which are articulated bogie system. The second train set is under construction. The running test started on April of 1997 and now the test train is running at more than 450km/h.


Test Line Linear Motor Levitation Force Maglev System Revenue Service 
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© Springer Japan 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuo Sawada
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  1. 1.Railway Technical Research InstituteTokyo 185Japan

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