July 21, 2021 at 9:58 am #1460218ValentineAdmin
China has unveiled what it hopes to be the fastest train in the world with a top speed of more than 370 miles per hour.
The new train, self-developed by China and manufactured in the coastal city of Qingdao, uses maglev technology which allows it to travel so quickly.
Using electro-magnetic force, the maglev train ‘levitates’ above the tracks with no contact between body and rail.
The train, capable of travelling at 372 mph (600kph), would be able to travel from London to Paris in 34 minutes, compared to the Eurostar fleet’s two hours and 16 minutes.
China has been using the technology for almost two decades on a very limited scale. Shanghai has a short maglev line running from one of its airports to town.
While there are no inter-city or inter-province maglev lines yet in China that could make good use of the higher speeds, some cities including Shanghai and Chengdu have started to conduct research.
At 372 mph, the train would only take 2.5 hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by train – a journey of more than 1,000 km (620 miles).
By comparison, the journey would take 3 hours by plane and 5.5 hours by high-speed rail.
The unveiling comes after China revealed a prototype of a super-fast bullet train that engineers claim could reach 385 miles per hour.
Dubbed as the ‘super bullet maglev train’, the model rolled off the production line and made its debut at a ceremony in the south-western city of Chengdu in January.
Southwest Jiaotong University collaborated with two state-run companies, China Railway Group and CRRC Corporation, to develop the prototype in a 60million yuan (£6.8million) transport innovation programme, reported Xinhua News Agency.
The homemade prototype is a 21-meter-long (69-foot-long) locomotive designed to travel at a top speed of 620 kilometres (385 miles) per hour.
It uses high-temperature superconducting (HTS) maglev technology, different from the low-temperature technology employed by Germany and Japan in their maglev trains, according to experts from Southwest Jiaotong University.
A prototype of a high-temperature superconducting maglev train, dubbed as the ‘super bullet maglev train’, is pictured at its introduction ceremony in Chengdu, China, on WednesdayJuly 21, 2021 at 3:39 pm #1460327σиєαℓ32Member
na accident e go endJuly 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm #1460356MathsMember
Good for them. My country no even fit produce anything.July 21, 2021 at 6:02 pm #1460358MathsMember
At least they are producing something. Which one your country doJuly 21, 2021 at 10:52 pm #1460435Orry-functionMember
GREAT!July 24, 2021 at 1:19 am #1460859OlumideMember
China is really competing for the best in scientific research and technology.