Maglev trial marks new beginning in Changsha
The year 2016 will give Changsha a distinctive identity as far as having the first low-speed maglev line in China that has independent intellectual property rights is concerned.
And to begin the milestone journey, the low-speed maglev rail officially went into trial run on Dec 26 in the provincial capital of Hunan. After the successful trial, the rail is expected to open to the public in three months' time at best.
Linking Changsha's south railway station and international airport, the track stretches 18.5 kilometers and allows maglev trains to run at the maximum speed of 80 to 100 kph.
Notably, the project will transform Changsha into a comprehensive transportation hub, ensuring seamless transfer among air traffic, maglev, subway, high-speed rail and highways.
The Maglev Airport Station of Changsha [Photo by Shi Zhenzhuan / Changsha Evening News]
A maglev attendant during the trial run on Dec 26 [Photo by Shi Zhenzhuan / Changsha Evening News]
The maglev train during the trial run in Changsha, Dec 26 [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
Passengers inside the Changsha maglev train during its trial run on Dec 26. [Photo by Zhou Baiping / Changsha Evening News]
A full cup of water was kept on the maglev train but it does not spill during the trial run trip, Dec 26. [Photo by Shi Zhenzhuan / Changsha Evening News]
Source: Changsha Evening News