Maglev Trains

By: Sonia 4L

What’s a Maglev Train?

Do you want to get on a floating train? Well you’ll be able to soon. The name of this amazing train is, maglev. Or Magnetic levitation trains. Trains that hover above the track and can go extremely fast. In this piece you will find out what and where they are, along with how they work.
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“How does this work again?”

Maglev trains have two of the same poles (north and north for example), that repel each other so the train levitates, causing no friction which means these trains can go really fast. Maglev trains have two types of coils, one for levitation known as the levitation and guidance coil, the other is the propulsion coil.These coils guide the trains, push and help it levitate. The two beams hold the coils in place. There is also a wheel support path for the wheels on the bottom of the train.

Where You Might see a Maglev train or Car

trains are mostly functional in Japan or Germany but maglev cars though very expensive are all over the world. Maglev cars are very small and most can only hold one to two people at a time but might help with global warming. Maglev trains are going to be the next fastest type of transportation since airplanes because of the loss of friction.

No Friction Guaranteed!

Maglev trains are trains that can move along the track without making any friction! Friction is a type of electricity that is made when negative and positive electrons touch. Maglev trains travel without causing friction, so they can go extremely fast. Maglev trains can go about 600 km per hour due to the loss of friction.

Levitation, what’s that?

Levitation, the super power of maglev train. The train levitates when a magnetic field is made. The train floats because of the two magnets for example north and north repelling each other. Levitation is when something physically floats. Maglev stands for magnetic levitation or the use of magnets to make something float, if you want to get technical.

How Does This Crazy Contraption Move?

Maglev trains have very special tracks. These tracks have magnets in them to help the train cars move. The magnets in the track have a very specific pattern. This pattern is north south north south.


Now that you have read or heard my piece do you want to get on on of these super trains? I do, they sound amazing! I can’t wait until they’re all over the world. I hope you are interested too. These machines may change the world in a good way.

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Work Cited

HowStuffWorks., 1998. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.

McCurry, Justin. "Japan's Maglev Train Breaks World Speed Record with 600km/h Test Run." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 21 Apr. 2015. Web. 18 Mar. 2016.


Magnetic Levitation using magnets to levitate

Levitation Floating physically