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Old July 16th, 2013, 08:40 AM   #561
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A jet pilot doesn't have to react to situations like a bear on his track.
Neither does a train driver, or an automated train.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 07:14 PM   #562
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But the reason is not " because the speed is beyond human reflex". Some jets go mach 3, and they have human 'drivers'.
But the point is that human drivers can't do much when it's Mach 3, it's autopilot doing the job. The driver is there monitor equipment and do the driving when speed becomes much lower during takeoff and landing.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 07:46 PM   #563
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I'm pretty sure that there will be some kind of driver in these trains, or at least some person to oversee the driving in case something happens. Or it could just be that they have removed the windscreen in favour of a video camera and screen, to make it easier to design the train, in case of bird-strikes (or should it be bat strikes seeing the amount of tunnels on the line).
Nice to see some updates of it though.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:50 AM   #564
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how fast do you think it was going in the vid?

Do you think it had wheels up?
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Old July 18th, 2013, 11:10 PM   #565
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how fast do you think it was going in the vid?

Do you think it had wheels up?
The train needs to be going in excess of 90mph to levitate, so it was definitely on wheels.
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Old July 21st, 2013, 06:43 AM   #566
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It seems financially ilogical to wait between 2027 and 2040 to arrive to Osaka, in fact i can´t see how can it be profitable between those years. What is the reason for delaying the arrival to Osaka?
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Old July 25th, 2013, 01:49 AM   #567
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JR Central wants to minimize the financial burden, so they are spreading out the investment over time.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 01:49 AM   #568
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More recent low-speed maglev testing:



According to this article, they could begin testing at top speed before the month is over:
http://www.chunichi.co.jp/s/article/...490222753.html
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Old July 25th, 2013, 02:24 AM   #569
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Good news!
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:58 AM   #570
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JR Central and Kanagawa prefecture held a second joint briefing session on the 24th explaining the outlines of the station to be constructed near Hashimoto. The stations will consist of 3 floors underground which will be 1,000 meter long and 50 meter wide. It will consist of one entrance to ground level with entrance gate and toilet facilities on the 2nd floor. There will be no ticket selling booth with all seats to be assigned as reserved seats.



Q&A session took more time then anticipated with people asking about EM & vibration pollution, safety issues concerning earthquakes & fire and effect on property value along the underground route.

Source here.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 08:17 AM   #571
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It will consist of one entrance to ground level
Perhaps something a bit (plus a couple more escalators) like this?
http://pics.livedoor.com/u/momo_o3/7639066

or this:

http://white.ap.teacup.com/tobufan31...1273113298.jpg

Just add a traffic rotary for taxis and a bus stop, and you're set.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 07:01 AM   #572
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500 km/h tests of L0 series maglev to begin on 2013.08.29
リニア走行試験前倒し 29日に再開

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/yam...OYT8T01203.htm

On 2013.08.20, JR Central announced that it will restart 500 km/h tests of the L0 series maglev prototype on the Yamanashi test track (42.8 km between Uenohara City and Fuefuki City) on 2013.08.29 after a two-year hiatus to allow for construction of the test track extension starting in September 2011. The extension added 16.6 km at the western end in Fuefuki City and 7.8 km at the eastern end in Uenohara City.

The minister of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), together with Yamanashi Prefecture’s governor and JR Central’s president, will attend a special ceremony on 2013.08.29, after which the train will carry guests on running tests.

Construction work on the extension was completed in June, and the railway has since been prepping a five-car L0 series train for testing. The prep work proceeded faster than expected, so running tests will begin slightly earlier than the originally expected timeline for September, allowing the railway to check for running performance over long distances and inside tunnels, ride comfort, and infrastructure durability.

JR Central will now increase the train to 12 cars and after mastering knowhow regarding maintenance checks of rolling stock and infrastructure, will make preparations to open the first revenue segment of the maglev line between Tōkyō and Nagoya in 2027. The railway is also planning paid test rides for the public in the meantime.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 03:15 PM   #573
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When is it likely that they will start the construction of the commercial line?
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 03:51 PM   #574
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When is it likely that they will start the construction of the commercial line?
It's scheduled to start sometime next year once all the environmental assessment is approved.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 05:45 AM   #575
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Nagano maglev station location identified
リニア駅、飯田市座光寺・上郷 元善光寺駅南西1キロ

http://www.shinmai.co.jp/news/201308...I090001000.php

On 2013.08.25, it was revealed that the proposed location for Nagano Prefecture’s Chūō Shinkansen station is in the Zakōji (座光寺) / Kamisato–Iinuma (上郷飯沼) district of Iida City, approximately one kilometer southwest of Moto-Zenkōji Station on the JR Iida Line. The station would extend about one kilometer in the east-west direction, with the platforms occupying about 400 m. The detailed location and alignment of the maglev is scheduled to be released in mid-September with the line’s environmental assessment.

In August 2011, JR Central identified a 5 km radius for the proposed station, including Iida City’s Zakōji district and Takamori Town’s Shimo-Ichida (下市田) district. The original candidate location in Zakōji is home to the Gonga Ruins (恒川遺跡群), and the debate shifted on how to re-site the station and orient the alignment to avoid the ruins.

In July, Iida City’s Educational Commission applied to have a portion of the ruins designated as historical landmarks. The geographical extent of the ruins exceeded JR’s original expectations, and the railway agreed to move the maglev alignment to the south side of the ruins in accordance with the city’s requests. As a result, the proposed station location now straddles Zakōji and Kamisato–Iinuma, at a spot above National Route 153. Spokespersons for both JR Central and Nagano Prefecture indicated that the late changes to proposed station location have not affected the schedule of the environmental assessment, and that the project is proceeding according to schedule.

The station would be aboveground and extend about 50 m in width, featuring four tracks and two island platforms. Outside of the stations, the maglev viaduct would be designed according to the standard design parameters for daylight sections (14 m wide). JR would acquire right-of-way along the entire alignment to accommodate the necessary structural width, plus four meters of clearance on either side. While JR would bear the cost of the station and tracks, the local governments would be responsible for station plazas, parking facilities, and other local features.

It also appears likely that plans to construct a new station on the Iida Line between Moto-Zenkōji and Ina Kamisato will move forward as a means of improving access between the Iida Line and the maglev.



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Aerial view of the maglev test track in Yamanashi:

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Of all the cities linked by this service, I would think Iida-shi is the most grateful. It must currently be one of the more isolated cities over 100K in population in central Honshu.
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L0 series begins full-speed testing, with passengers:



The Yamanashi maglev test center also has a YouTube channel now, and they put up a nice summary promo of the technology:

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Old August 29th, 2013, 07:31 PM   #578
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More video reports:

TBS:
Didn’t realize getting on the train required an airport gate, although it’s not clear how “final” this design is. The interior looks quite similar to JR Central’s existing steel-wheeled Shinkansen stock.



ANN:



Jiji News.
On this particular trial, the train accelerated to 500 km in about 10 minutes and maintained the speed for about 90 seconds (14 km). This one also has some good window views, showing the scenery of Yamanashi prefecture (that you probably won’t get to see much of when the line opens).



Railfan video:

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Didn’t realize getting on the train required an airport gate
That's due to the main flaw of the JR system. The magnets are powerful enough to cause harm to pacemakers and credit cards, so magnetic shielding must be used. The Transrapid system mitigates this, but has its own flaws in the fact that the magnetic arrangement is attractive and thus unstable.
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Didn’t realize getting on the train required an airport gate
That's due to the main flaw of the JR system. The magnets are powerful enough to cause harm to pacemakers and credit cards, so magnetic shielding must be used. The Transrapid system mitigates this, but has its own flaws in the fact that the magnetic arrangement is attractive and thus unstable.
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