1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Will a maglev train beginning at rest slowly drift or accelerate due to the rotation of the earth? 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution The earth is a rotating reference frame, with points on the equator moving at approximately 1000 miles per hour. If the maglev is not coupled in any way to the earth (via friction), I would expect that the earth would begin to move underneath the train, and the train would appear to move in that reference frame. Ultimately, the train would continue to accelerate until it reached a maximum speed, limited by wind resistance. I understand that once moving it will become subject to Coriolis acceleration, but I am interested in the question of whether or not it will go from rest to moving at all.