Maglev vehicles "MLX01" attained 1,003 km/h relative speed of two trains passing each other at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line.

Engineer, Planning Div.,
Maglev Systems Development Dept.

  On November 16, 1999 at 13:40, the Maglev vehicle MLX01 successfully recorded two trains passing each other at a relative speed of 1,003 km/h on the Yamanashi Test Line.

  The speed of the first train set called Train A was 546 km/h. The speed of the second train set called Train B was 457 km/h.

  The previous maximum relative speed of two trains passing each other was 966 km/h, recorded on December 17, 1998.

  On the Yamanashi Test Line, we have invited many of the authorities concerned to ride on MLX01.

  On March 6, 2000, the Japanese Government Maglev System Assessment Team determined that there are no technical problems in the practical use of the superconducting magnetic levitation system. And the test plan has entered the next phase.

Photo 1 Two trains passing each other

Photo 2 The Minister of Transport in a test ride on MLX01.

Table 1 Test plan of the Yamanashi Test Line