Thursday, January 17, 2008

Maglev train in China

It is interesting to note that the chinese already have a commercial magnetic levitation train in operation, that too from Jan 1, 2004 !

Shanghai Maglev train line construction began in March, 2001, and public service commenced on January 1, 2004. The train was made in Germany with German technology.

The line is operated by Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co., Ltd.
The train can reach 350 km/h in 2 minutes, with a maximum speed in normal operation of 431 km/h .
The Shanghai Transrapid project took 1.33 billion US dollars and 2.5 years to complete the 30.5 km track.

The train takes 7 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the journey, and its top operational speed is 431 kilometers per hour.
The train, which consists of 9 compartments, is capable of carrying 959 passengers.

How Magnetic levitation works,

- Opposite poles on magnets keep train above track
- Train is propelled by electro-magnetic system in the sides of the "guideway" instead of onboard engine

Photos of Shangai Maglev Train,

Shanghai's Maglev Train displays the current speed of the train in every compartment.

And, has its own crew of attendants as in Airliners.

This train is a symbol of proudness for the chinese people, indeed!

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