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The first commercial Maglev was opened in 1984 in Birmingham, England, covering some 600 meters between its airport and railhub, but was eventually closed in 1995 due to technical problems. The only currently commercially operating high-speed maglev line of note is the IOS demonstration line of the German build Transrapid train in Shanghai, China that transports people 30 km (18.6 miles) to the airport in just 7 minutes 20 seconds, achieving a top velocity of 431 km/h or 268 mph, averaging 250 km/h or 150 mph. Other commercially operating lines exist in Japan, such as the Linimo line. The highest recorded speed of a maglev train is 581 km/h (361 mph), achieved in Japan in 2003.

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