All aboard! Changsha maglev starts trial operation
The Changsha maglev line, China's first home-developed low-speed maglev rail, pushed full steam ahead with its trail operations on May 6.
Construction of the maglev started two years ago in May 2014. The line, which stretches 18.5 kilometers and links the Changsha South Railway Station with the local airport, is the longest of its kind in the world. More than 90 percent of the track is built on bridges.
A maglev train runs past the Changsha Huanghua International Airport during a test run on May 4. The Changsha maglev line is about to revolutionize travel convenience in the city. [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
It marks the nation as the fourth in the world to master medium and low-speed maglev rail technology, joining Germany, Japan and South Korea.
The line allows maglev trains to run at a maximum speed of 100 kph. The trains, each of which is 48 meters long, have three carriages each and can carry a maximum of 363 passengers.
Passengers on a maglev train watch a high-speed train steam by, when driving near the Changsha South Railway Station during a test run on May 4. [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
Industry insiders said the project is not only a milestone in the advancement of China's maglev technology, but will also help lay the tracks for a transportation hub in Central China.
Changsha South Railway Station is the "Golden Cross" of the Beijing-Guangzhou and Shanghai-Kunming railway lines, while the Changsha Huanghua International Airport has established direct flights to more than 90 cities home and abroad. The maglev project connects the two key traffic hubs with a ride of less than 20 minutes.
Each maglev train has three carriages which are capable of carrying 363 passengers, including a half carriage used for baggage shipment. [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
File photo shows the first continuous beam of Changsha's maglev project pouring on February 10, 2015. [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
File photo shows workers laying tracks on the Maglev line on August 26, 2015. [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
File photo shows an engineer installing equipment on the maglev track on Sept 9, 2015. [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
File photo shows workers operate in the cockpit of a maglev train on Feb 15, 2016. [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
File photo shows a maglev train was pulling out of the Langli Maglev Station on March 11. [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
Edited by Owen Fishwick
Source: Changsha Evening News