Tuesday, June 21, 2005
To get to the expo from Nagoya, take the ‘expo express’ to bampaku-yakusa where you need to pay the 380 yen per person fare change because the train does not go on JR tracks to the station, then you need to buy a 180 yen ticket per person to ride the Linimo train. The Linimo is a linear motion magnetic levitation train (MagLev) which uses superconducting magnets to propel the train over the tracks instead of on the tracks, eliminating friction on the rails. Basically, it was a VERY smooth train ride. Once at the expo, we found that we needed to reserve tickets for the most popular pavilions (
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Jon in front of the new MagLev Shinkansen. This baby hit 581 kmph and set the new world's record for the fastest train by floating in air and being propelled magnetically. The next day we went in and watched a movie on the new train and a series of experiments on superconductivity and magnetic levitation.