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US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined a test run of Japan's high-speed Maglev train on Saturday. (April 12) Video provided by AP

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AFP (Apr. 12, 2014) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on a test ride of Japan's super-fast magnetic train on Saturday, showcasing the "Maglev" technology Tokyo hopes to sell to its ally. Duration: 01:20 Video provided by AFP
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Two Data Recorders Found in Train Derailment

Two Data Recorders Found in Train Derailment

AP (Dec. 2, 2013) — Two data recorders found in the wreckage of a deadly commuter train derailment in New York City may offer investigators clues to the train's speed and how its brakes were applied before seven cars and the locomotive skidded off the tracks. (Dec. 2)
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NTSB: Crash Train Data Recorders Recovered

AP (Dec. 2, 2013) — Two data recorders retrieved from the NYC commuter train that derailed while rounding a riverside curve, killing four people, may provide information on the speed of the train, how the brakes were applied and the throttle setting, the NTSB says. (Dec. 2)
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Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow's Trains

Deutsche Welle (Dec. 9, 2012) — Researchers from nine different German Aerospace Center Institutes are working together to come up with the train of the future. The vehicle that they're planning will be able to travel at 400 kilometers per hour. It will also be safer and more environmentally friendly than current locomotives. The so-called Next Generation Train will be a doubledecker, without any staircases inside. First-class passengers will get into the first floor, and second-class passengers will board at ground floor level. Sensors will be used to couple the sections of the trains. In the event of a crash, the nose of the train will crumple and absorb the energy of the collision. The damaged element can then be easily replaced. Tomorrow's trains will be able to do all this and a lot more.
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