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Right about trains

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By Sharon Warner

What is magnetic, levitates and travels close to 110 miles per hour? Four students at Wright Elementary tell Principal Lynn Gottbrath as they studied information about the Maglev train during small-group time with Assistant Principal Steve Morris. Camden Sullivan was the one who described how the train was named, using the words magnet and levitate. As the group works on pro and con statements about the mode of transportation, Melody Osorto explained that it’s good because “it doesn’t pollute the earth since it doesn’t have an engine.” Bailey O’Daniel said Shelbyville couldn’t handle one, though, because “It’s not big enough since it takes 30 minutes to stop at a location.” The children – also including Dorian Reed – were impressed that powerful enough magnets exist for such a train to “float over tracks” and that it’s now in use in China. They said they were shocked it cost about $42 million to lay one mile of track, which is why the United States has not attempted the same project even though the children’s book showed an aerial map of a route from Atlanta to Chattanooga.