Beijing begins first magnetic levitation rail

China continues to spur maglev innovation with variable speed line

The Shanghai Maglev Train opened as the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation in the world in 2004. (Image: Kevin Lee)
The Shanghai Maglev Train opened as the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation in the world in 2004. (Image: Kevin Lee)

Beijing's first maglev train will get under construction once the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) grants its approval, Chinese new source the Legal Evening News reported.

The 10.24-kilometre-long line, which uses urban low- and rural medium-speed magnetic levitation technology, will run east from Shimenying in the Mentougou Ditrict to Pingguoyuan in the neighbouring Shijingshan District.

An official from Mentougou District told the newspaper that all preparatory work for the project , including resident relocation and environmental evaluation, is complete and construction ready to start.

The first use of a blended speed maglev in the country, it will run at a top speed of 105 kilometres per hour, cutting travel time from Mentougou to Pingguoyuan to a mere eight minutes.

The line has eight stations along its route, six in Mentougou and two in Shijingshan.

The Shanghai Maglev Train, China’s first use of the technology, also opened as the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world in 2004.

 

 

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