The maglev (magnetic levitation) train was invented by Americans James R. Powell and Gordon T. Danby. Hermann Kemper, Robert Goddard and Emile Bachelet are also credited with important research and development that lead ... More »

Maglev trains can reach speeds of up to 361 mph. This was the fastest speed reached by the MLX01, which was measured on December 2, 2003. Executed on the Yamanashi maglev test line in Japan, the test run was administered... More »

The world's first commercial Maglev line opened in 2004 and is located in Shanghai, China. The line connects Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road in Eastern Shanghai. Subsequent lines were built in Japan and Sou... More »

In 1914, the French-born American inventor Emile Bachelet presented his ideas and a display model of a maglev vehicle. A report in the Swiss journal Schweizer Familie from the same year shows a photograph of the event an... More » History Inventions

Superconductivity was discovered by Heike Kammerlingh Onnes in 1911. This discovery eventually made maglev trains possible. Superconductivity is the cooling of materials, such as lead and mercury, to extremely low temper... More » History Inventions

German scientist Werner von Siemens is considered the inventor of the electric locomotive. Siemens first introduced his invention at a Berlin trade fair in 1879. More »

The first bullet train was invented in 1964 by Hideo Shima from Tokyo, Japan. Its launch occurred in October and coincided with the Tokyo Olympics. Bullet trains travel up to three times the normal speed of a train. More »