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China unveils world’s fastest train

China unveils world’s fastest train
Source: CRRC Corporation/NewAtlas

China claims new 600 km/h(373 mph) maglev train is now the fastest ground transport service in the world.

China debuts world’s first 600 km/h high-speed maglev transportation system

On July 20, 2021, a new ultra-high-speed maglev transportation system was successfully launched in Qingdao, China. Its makers, CRRC Corporation say as the fastest ground transportation vehicle at present, the 600 km/h (373 mph) high-speed maglev transportation system can further broaden the spectrum of transportation speeds and meet the diversified travel needs of the people.

China’s CRRC claims its new 600 km/h maglev bullet train will be the fastest ground transport service in the world. Source: CRRC Corporation/NewAtlas
The trains were unveiled in Qingdao. Source: Corporation/NewAtlas
Developed by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, it's considered the world's fastest train.
A maglev bullet train that can reach speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour) has made its debut in Qingdao, China. Developed by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, it’s considered the world’s fastest train.
“Maglev” is an abbreviation of “magnetic levitation.” The train appears to be “floating” thanks to an electromagnetic force that sends it gliding above the tracks. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation L
A prototype of the new maglev train was revealed to media in 2019. That same year, China announced ambitious plans to create
Liang Jianying, deputy general manager and chief engineer of CRRC Sifang, told Chinese state media that in addition to its speed, the train emits low levels of noise pollution and requires less maintenance than other high-speed trains. A prototype of the new maglev train was revealed to media in 2019. That same year, China announced ambitious plans to create “3-hour transportation circles” between major metropolitan areas. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
Currently, the average high-speed train in China can run at about 350 kph, while planes fly at 800-900 kph. Trains like the one unveiled in Qingdao this week could fill a critical middle space.
High-speed rail is a major priority in China, which aims to connect more of its large cities by train to reduce the time and expense required to travel around the world’s most populous country. Currently, the average high-speed train in China can run at about 350 kph, while planes fly at 800-900 kph. Trains like the one unveiled in Qingdao this week could fill a critical middle space. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
Currently, China only has one maglev line in commercial use, connecting Shanghai's Pudong Airport with the Longyang Road station in the city. The 30 km (19 mile) journey takes about seven and a half minutes, with the train hitting speeds of 430 kph (267 mph).
However there’s one thing keeping this train from being ready to greet commuters — a lack of completed maglev track networks. Currently, China only has one maglev line in commercial use, connecting Shanghai’s Pudong Airport with the Longyang Road station in the city. The 30 km (19 mile) journey takes about seven and a half minutes, with the train hitting speeds of 430 kph (267 mph). Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
More like a starship than a train.
The driver’s cockpit looks very futuristic. More like a starship than a train. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
According to China's Global Times, the
How do you stop these things? According to China’s Global Times, the “whirlpool” brake system on this train is considerably more efficient than previous efforts; this train will only take 10 km (6.2 miles) to pull up, where the current Shanghai maglev takes 16 km (10 miles)! Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
Several new maglev networks are reportedly under construction, including one linking Shanghai and Hangzhou and another connecting Chengdu and Chongqing. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
The technology uses electro-magnetic force to levitate the body of the vehicle less than two inches from the rails and propel it forward along the tracks. By riding on a cushion of air, friction is drastically reduced, allowing it to travel faster than traditional trains where wheels and rails are constantly in contact.
The bullet train is able to travel at such high speeds because of magnetic levitation. The technology uses electro-magnetic force to levitate the body of the vehicle less than two inches from the rails and propel it forward along the tracks. By riding on a cushion of air, friction is drastically reduced, allowing it to travel faster than traditional trains where wheels and rails are constantly in contact. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
The Central Japan Railway Company is currently testing a maglev train it says will be able to top out at 375 mph, but that isn’t expected to make its debut until 2027 at the earliest.
The new train’s record might not stand for long. The Central Japan Railway Company is currently testing a maglev train it says will be able to top out at 375 mph, but that isn’t expected to make its debut until 2027 at the earliest. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
It’s not yet clear where exactly these machines will be rolled out. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
CRRC exports trains all over the world, especially to countries that have signed onto Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
The trains can be configured to have between two and 10 cars, with each holding up to 100 passengers depending on fit-out. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
China’s new ultra-high-speed maglev bullet train is…FAST! The world's first 600 km/h high-speed maglev transportation system, the fastest ground transportation vehicle at present, was launched in Qingdao, China on July 20, 2021, by CRRC Corporation Ltd. Source: Facebook/CRRC Corporation
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