The Train

Imagine gliding toward your destination in a state-of-the-art, high-speed train traveling at 311 miles per hour while you enjoy a beverage and surf the Internet. The SCMAGLEV will be more than a train, it will be an experience – a transformational transportation solution that will revolutionize the way people in the Northeast Corridor move between business centers, airports and tourist destinations. Created from the most advanced 21st century technology, the SCMAGLEV train will be the fastest and smoothest train in U.S. history.

High speed train in the US

21st Century Technology

State-of-the-art technology makes SCMAGLEV the most advanced high-speed train system in the world

The Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) is the world’s fastest train. This revolutionary system utilizes the concept of superconducting magnetic levitation, originally conceived by American physicists. This concept influenced the creation of the SCMAGLEV system in Japan, which has been gone through more than 50 years of research and development.

The SCMAGLEV utilizes magnetic forces to smoothly and rapidly accelerate trains to speeds of more than 300 miles per hour while levitating inches off of the ground. By operating completely separated from any surface at high speeds, this transformational form of transportation will eliminate the traditional challenges and constraints of rail-based systems.

Superconducting magnet

Superconductivity

Superconductivity is the phenomenon of zero electrical resistance that occurs when the temperature of certain materials falls below a characteristic level. When an electric current is applied to a coil of such material in a superconductive state, it continues to flow permanently because of this zero resistance, resulting in the creation of a very powerful magnetic force. In the SCMAGLEV, magnets on-board the vehicles achieve a superconducting state by cooling a niobium-titanium alloy with liquid helium to a temperature of -452 degrees Fahrenheit (-269°c).

train motors

Linear Motor

The SCMAGLEV utilizes a linear motor, which resembles a conventional electric motor rolled out. In this example, the rotors inside a conventional motor correspond to the Superconducting Magnets on-board the vehicle, and the external stators correspond to the Propulsion Coils in the guideway. In a linear motor, though, the magnetic forces cause the magnets to move forward in a line, rather than rotating.

Guideway

Guideway

Instead of riding directly on rails like conventional trains, the SCMAGLEV levitates in a U-shaped concrete guideway. This guideway envelops the vehicles, preventing derailments. Installed into the sidewalls of the guideway are metal coils, which are key to the SCMAGLEV’s propulsion, levitation and guidance.

Train propulsion

Propulsion System

By passing an alternating electrical current through the Propulsion Coils installed on either side of the guideway, magnetic forces with alternating north and south poles are produced. The SCMAGLEV train is propelled by both the simultaneous attractive and repulsive magnetic forces created between the Propulsion Coils and the on-board Superconducting Magnets.

Magnetic levitation

Levitation System

Levitation and Guidance Coils are also installed on either side of the guideway. When an SCMAGLEV train passes at high speed, its on-board superconducting magnets induce an electric current in the Levitation and Guidance Coils, causing them to become electromagnets. This generates pushing and pulling forces that lift the train and levitate it at a constant height.

Guidance system

Guidance System

The Levitation and Guidance Coils on opposite sides of the guideway are connected together in a loop under the guideway and maintain the SCMAGLEV’s horizontal positioning without any active control. When the train is pulled off-center to either side, a electric current is induced into the loop, generating an attractive force which is exerted on the further side combined with a repulsive force exerted on the nearer side. This automatically ensures that the train is kept securely in the center of the guideway at all times.

Superconducting magnet

Acceleration & Frequency

Because of the strength of Superconducting Magnets and a propulsion system that does not rely on adhesion, the SCMAGLEV can achieve very high speeds with rapid acceleration while retaining a comfortable passenger environment. This significantly decreases its travel times and increases service frequency.

Frequently Asked Questions

SCMAGLEV Development

SCMAGLEV has undergone decades of development in Japan

We have a unique opportunity to benefit from the decades of maglev development in Japan, and bring unprecedented speed and safety to the busiest corridor in the U.S.

The SCMAGLEV has been in development in Japan since the 1960s, and has carried passengers over a cumulative distance of more than 545,000 miles – enough to circle the globe more than 21 times or travel to the moon and back. The first commercial line using this technology will connect Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.

Features & Amenities

SCMAGLEV will offer world-class comfort, speed and service

As passengers speed toward their destinations, they will enjoy world-class features and amenities that will make their travel experiences enjoyable and productive. The train will have many of the comforts of a first-class cabin of an airplane – and similar speed. SCMAGLEV trains will be designed to cater to a uniquely American audience, while offering a superior level of interior comfort, service and style.

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