The Japanese on Wednesday (12 December) Whirled an experimental railcar along a test track at a world-record speed of five hundred and four kilometres (313.16 mph) an hour.
GV AERIAL: Siding plus linear train
SV: Front shot of train preparing to run
SV: Railway fans and photographers take photographs
SVs: Railway controllers prepare to give the train all clear. (2 shots)
SV: Train leaves station and gathers speed. (2 shots)
CU: Wheels lift up after initial speed gained, magnets take over
GV: Train in motion (2 shots)
SV: Speedometer at 500 kph
SV: Onlookers watch train
GV AERIAL SHOT: Of train at speed travelling into distance.
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Background: The Japanese on Wednesday (12 December) Whirled an experimental railcar along a test track at a world-record speed of five hundred and four kilometres (313.16 mph) an hour. This was six kilometres (3.72 mph) hour faster than the vehicle -- called a liner motor car -- had travelled in a test run six days before.
SYNOPSIS: The record run was made at the Japanese National Railways test centre at Hyuga, in the prefecture of Miyazaki.
Enthusiasts turned out in force, at the Miyazaki Magnetic levitation Train Test Centre, hoping to see the five hundred kilometres an hour barrier broken.
The Japanese railways began their development programme for the linear motor-car seventeen years ago. The electric motor car is pollution free, a big attraction in this tiny and crowded land. Now it's ready to go.
The vehicle contains a superconducting magnet, and uses the propulsion force created between the magnet and the magnetic field along the track. This allows it to float above the track. Railways researchers believe the car, which they have code-named ML-500, will create a new role for railways as the major mass transportation system in Japan in the twenty-first century. Its new record speed was two and a half times faster than the existing Shinkansen bullet train, and would cut travelling time between Tokyo and Osaka by at least an hour. It's two hundred kilometres on hour (124.27 mph) faster than conventional trains.