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  Longest distance travelled by train in 24 hours-world record set by Corey Pedersen and Mike Kim
 
 TOKYO, Japan -- Corey Pedersen, a 24-year-old Montana native now living in Seoul and his traveling partner, 23-year-old Mike Kim from California, had traveled for for 23 hours and 55 minutes, covering a total distance of 1,803 miles (2,901.4 km) and setting the world record for the Longest distance travelled by train in 24 hours.
   Photo: Americans Corey Pedersen (left) and Mike Kim prepare to board a bullet train bound for Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, at Tokyo Station on their way to breaking the world record for greatest distance traveled by train in 24 hours. / YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO (enlarge photo)

 
 "It feels good," said 24-year-old Corey Pedersen, after he stepped off the Limited Express Relay Tsubame that delivered him and his traveling partner, 23-year-old Mike Kim from California, to Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture.

   They broke the original record by 36.6 miles set in 1992.

   World Records regulations do not allow backtracking, and all trains used must be open to the public.

 
 After investigating locomotives in China, Europe and the United States ("way too slow"), Corey Pedersen realized that it would be possible to break the record in Japan and the use of a JR rail pass would put the total cost at a not inconceivable $600.

   
Pedersen and Kim's journey started in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, when they boarded the 9:32 p.m. Limited Express Nihonkai for an overnight ride north to Aomori.
    From there they rode an express to Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, then connected to a shinkansen for Tokyo.
    After a 20-minute layover in the capital, where Kim stocked up on bottled water, they boarded another bullet train for Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, and the connection to the Tsubame train.

 
  For most of the trains they were able to use JR Rail Passes, meaning their total outlay on train tickets was limited to 65,000.
   Photo: Corey Pederson (left) and Mike Kim disembark in Tokyo (top), the halfway point in their attempt to break the Guinness world record for the furthest distance traveled by train in 24 hours, and displaying their overworked JR rail passes (above) / YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO -enlarge photo

   "Every train departed exactly on time and arrived on time. I'd heard Japanese trains were so punctual you could set your watch to them. That's why I chose to attempt the record here," said Pedersen, who had wanted to break a world record for about three years and had the train mark in his sights for around a year.

   Still, breaking the record proved more difficult than expected. A similar previous attempt was frustrated when torrential rain near Nagoya caused the train they were riding on to stop for about 1 1/2 hours.

  
 "This time there were just a few drops of rain. We were much more relaxed," Pedersen said.

   Did they go through any physical training for this?
   "We'd practice sitting up straight on the subways in Seoul feet on the floor, good posture," Kim laughed. "Running between trains gets the blood circulating," added Pedersen.

   A spokesman for East Japan Railway Co., which operates some of the trains used in the record, said the carrier does not generally receive reports of such records and they were not aware of this particular attempt.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 
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