China plans to build the first section of the future Wuhan-Guangzhou maglev line next year. The first part will span over 200 km and it will be used to test the new maglev train prototype that will operate at 600 km/h, but will be capable of achieving a staggering 1000 km/h. The first brand new maglev trains that were researched and developed in China by CRRC Qingdao Sifang will roll of the production line next year.
The Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed trains currently take 3 hours and 43 minutes to complete the journey. Covering the 968 km long trip under 4 hours is already a great achievement as it takes over 10 hours by car. However the new maglev line will not only fulfill the ever growing demand between these cities but it will decrease the travel time to only 2 hours. This will make it a quicker alternative to travel between city centers compared to flying.
China is set to have over 30,000 km of high-speed railway lines by 2020. This is the result of the ever increased investments in the rail infrastructure, that saw a record $125bn worth of projects this year.
The New Chinese Built Maglev Train
It has a high strength and low weight aluminium-alloy car body, and the shape is designed to reduce lift and aerodynamic resistance. The train will be fully automatic and it has a brand new control system. The record high speeds are achieved by a high-temperature superconducting magnetic levitation technology that generates less heat.
Potential interior design of the new maglev trains