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How the maglev works

Maglev technology uses powerful magnets to lift, center and propel the train along a guideway. The magnets — made with a titanium alloy cooled to minus 452 degrees Fahrenheit — are built into the train. They interact with other magnets in the guideway walls.


Magnetic forces between the train and the guideway keep the train centered and 3.9 inches off the ground. They also propel the train forward.