Excerpt from the July 6, 1968, issue of Science News
Next in speedy trains
Future trains, in [Hisanojo] Ozawa’s opinion, will all be powered by rockets and run over rollers instead of rails…. His next model will be equipped with three rocket engines and will aim for a speed of 1,180 kilometers an hour, or 0.996 Mach. — Science News, July 6, 1968.
A rocket-boosted model train from Ozawa, who designed aircraft for the Imperial Japanese Air Force, hit 920 kilometers per hour on a 300-meter course in 1968. But real-world trains get nowhere near that speed. Maybe because none use rockets. Japan’s maglev trains, which levitate on