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Work on China’s 1,000km maglev railway to begin next year

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  1. beijingwalker

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    Work on China’s 1,000km maglev railway to begin next year
    1 October 2019 |

    Work on building a 1,000km-long, super-fast magnetic levitation (maglev) railway in China between Guangzhou and Wuhan is expected to start next year, according to local media.

    Trains would travel at between 600km/h and a theoretical maximum of 1,000 km/h, cutting the travel time between the two cities from about 10 hours to two.

    The maglev system keeps rolling stock hovering above rails, allowing high speeds by removing friction.

    The line will be built by the Wuhan-based China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group, a subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corporation, the Wuhan Evening News reported, accordingto the English-language China news site, Thatsmag.com.

    Jing Shiyuan, an engineer with Siyuan, told the newspaper that the project was initiated in 2015 and a train model was readied for testing the following year.

    Work will start in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

    China started operating its first maglev railway in 2002, a 30-km-long line between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Longyang Road Station, but has since concentrated on conventional high-speed rail.

    Now, more ambitious maglev plans are taking shape. In May, China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation completed a factory to make maglev rolling stock in Qingdao, and the body of a prototype that could reach speeds of 600km/h was revealed to media. The company hopes to begin serial production of the unit some time in 2021.

    And last week a set of technical standards for maglev rail was released by the National Railway Administration, with a view to implementation at the beginning of next year. The standards unify basic technical requirements including track gauge and clarified main specifications of maglev trains.

    http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/work-chinas-1000km-maglev-railway-begin-next-year/
     
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    WOW even earlier than Japan.
     
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    It would be a great technical achievement bringing scifi to reality.
     
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    Chinese never stop building, and it has already scared the sxxt out of lot of "developed countries".
     
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    Technology to transform the concept of distance as we know it.
     
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    China laying tracks for 1,000km/h maglev trains
    If technology proves to be viable, a 2,200-km trip from Wuhan to Guangzhou could be reduced to around two hours
    OCTOBER 2, 2019

    China aims to again take the lead in the new global race to make bullet trains travel even faster. By harnessing the power of magnetic levitation, it is believed trains will be able to accelerate from the current 350km/h on conventional tracks to between 600 and 1,000km/h.

    Changjiang Daily, the official mouthpiece of Wuhan, capital city of Hubei, reported at the end of last month that experimental maglev tracks would be laid in the central province early next year. It cited a key survey carried out by a design institute for the China Railway Group Limited. It was tasked with conducting a feasibility study for a sprawling new network stretching from Guangzhou to Beijing on which trains could travel at between 600km/h and 1,000km/h – if the concept of maglev trains swinging inside a vacuum tube can be put into practice.

    The exceptionally high speed means that once operational, a 2,200-km journey from Wuhan to Guangzhou could be reduced to about two hours.

    It has also been reported that a 600km/h maglev train prototype will be ready for trial runs in 2020. Hubei will start work on a 200-km section made of vacuum tubes to conduct experiments to verify the cutting-edge, high-temperature superconducting maglev theory and ultimately push the speed limit to 1,000km/h.

    What is propelling the ambitious new project is Beijing’s latest policy paper on nationwide transportation developments promulgated last month. It contains a chapter on running new maglev lines between key urban centers to complement the existing network of high-speed railways.

    The 350km/h high-speed trunk routes between Beijing and Shanghai and Beijing and Guangzhou have seen their average loading and occupancy rates soar to 82% in the decade since completion. Train cars are already packed prior to major holidays and during peak travel seasons, and marshaling and signaling constraints mean few extra trains can be added to alleviate congestion.

    China is thus mulling building maglev lines in the next one to two decades in and between the affluent Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta, where the demand for high-speed intercity travel is expected to increase even further. It is believed that business travelers may choose to hop on maglev trains instead of planes if they can travel from one major city to another within an hour.

    Also, a China Railway Group engineer told Changjiang Daily that Japan, Germany and the US were also competing against China, trialing their respective ultrafast maglev trains based on various models of the superconducting maglev technology.

    He said that China’s lead in conventional high-speed railways and rolling stocks would not necessarily give the nation a head start in the competitive world of “floating trains,” referring to the maglev technology, which involves two sets of magnets repelling each other and lifting a train up off its tracks.

    In 2002, China received a technology transfer from Germany for a 30-km maglev line between downtown Shanghai and the city’s Pudong Airport that would allow trains to travel at 430km/h.

    https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/10/article/china-laying-tracks-for-1000km-h-maglev-trains/
     
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    I expected Beijing and Shanghai maglev line could be first. Guangzhou-Wuhan first then.
     
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