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Maglev train tragedy

An experimental maglev train has crashed in Germany killing 23 and bringing the future of such systems into doubt.

The accident is reported to be due to human error, and occured when the train struck a maintenance vehicle while travelling at 125mph. Wreckage was scattered over a wide area.

Only one of these magnetically propelled trains is operational worldwide. Located in Shanghai the train connects the Pudong International Airport and the Lujiazui financial district.

This video gives you some idea of how it feels to travel over 300 miles an hour, on a vehicle that floats on a magnetic forcefield 0.4 inch above the track.

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