China’s New Maglev Train Maybe Among the Fastest Ever (but doesn’t have a Track Yet)

China’s New Maglev Train Maybe Among the Fastest Ever (but doesn’t have a Track Yet)

China has unveiled its new magnetic levitation (maglev) train, thought to be among the fastest ground vehicles in the world (if you skip the record-breaking rocket car). At top speed, the train is expected to reach an astounding 600 kilometers (373 miles) per hour faster than any high-speed train currently available and shamefully more than the record of Japan’s Maglev train. The new train will cover the journey between the Chinese capital Beijing and Shanghai in a matter of hours, depending on the number of stops and its ability to maintain top speed.

This is comparable to a plane trip between two cities, which is about the same time (minus the waiting time at the airport). The Beijing-Shanghai line already sports the fastest train services in the world, traveling 1,302 kilometers (809 miles) in 4 hours and 18 minutes on the fastest schedule. Cutting a few more hours really becomes obsolete and turns the edge of the aircraft route.

So where can people jump on this super fast train? Well, we don’t know yet. Although the train has been unveiled and tested since June 2020, it has not yet found a track to run on, although plans have been proposed for such a line. Shanghai is actually home to the fastest Maglev train, also known as the Shanghai Transrapid, it is on.

The Shanghai Transrapid can reach a distance of 30.5 kilometers (19 miles) between the city and the airport at a speed of 430 km / h (270 miles) in just 8 minutes. Maglev train railroads continue to be a rarity due to cost – even record-breaking Japanese have not yet run as passenger service. Its expected start date is currently unknown.

China unveiled a maglev train capable of traveling at 600 km / h on Tuesday, state media reported on Tuesday. The high-speed train will be built by China in the self-developed and coastal city of Qingdao which is the fastest land route in the world, using electromagnetic force, the maglev train “lifts” over the track without any contact between the body and the rail.