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    The fastest I've travelled without flying.

    A few years ago I travelled between London and Paris at 245km/h.

    Last week, I was on the Beijing-Shanghai train travelling at 309km/h. It's surprising that it doesn't feel or look like one is travelling that quickly, especially as it was so smooth.

    But today I caught the Shaghai-airport Mag Lev and saw 431km/h displayed on the screen - 7 minutes for the 30km trip (we did the return journey as well). Again, the feeling of speed was limited - until another Mag Lev passed in the opposite direction doing the same speed. The carriage got hit by a shock wave and the other train was gone in a split second. Can you imagine a train passing you, about 1 metre away, at 850+km/h?

    The trip was relatively smooth with a bit of sideways motion. The train tilts into curves.

    It wasn't cheap but it was worth it!
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    That sounds great. We went on the Shikassen in Japan and it was similar. Don't realise how fast it is. Imagine Sydney-Brisbane in 3 hours.
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    At those speeds, anything hit would be vapourised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover View Post
    A few years ago I travelled between London and Paris at 245km/h.

    Must have been a slow one. I was on it last year and got 299 on my gps a few times

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    That's quick.

    Japan Rail is building a new maglev Shinkansen between Tokyo and Nagoya, and eventually Osaka - will have speeds of 505km/h and do Tokyo to Nagoya (285.6km) in 40 minutes and Tokyo - Osaka (438 km) in 67 minutes.

    That'd mean Melbourne - Sydney in about 1 hour and 45 minutes and Melbourne - Adelaide in about 1 hour 26 minutes ...
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    I went on the Shanghai maglev a few years ago. As you said - the passing train gives a decent shock.
    From memory though I thought it was up around 430kmh when I was on it.

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