The Shanghai Maglev Train is a magnetic levitation train (maglev) line that operates in Shanghai, China.
It is notable for being the first commercial high-speed maglev line in the world — during a test run on November 12, 2003, a Maglev vehicle achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 km/h (non-commercial top speed). The journey was designed to connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport quickly to the outskirts of central Shanghai where passengers could interchange for their final destinations in the city centre.
The top operational commercial speed of this train is 431 km/h , making it the world's fastest train in regular commercial services since its opening in 2004, faster than previous record holder at 320 km/h with TGV in France, and also faster than the latest CRH conventional wheel train in China at 350 km/h.
The top speed of 431 km/h is also faster than the top speed of any production automobile (except for the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which has roughly the same top speed), Formula One car, or MotoGP super bikes.
The train set and tracks were manufactured using the German-originated Transrapid technology. Two commercial maglev systems had predated the Shanghai system—the Birmingham Maglev in the United Kingdom and the Berlin M-Bahn—both were low-speed operations and had closed before the opening of the Shanghai Maglev Train.
My Experience riding the Shanghai Maglev Train.
It was taken place long time ago..during our last day trip ..we were purposelly paid for this train even our trip to Airport is provided by our tour guide..but we hv to pay for RMB 100 (RM50) is i'm not mistaken...it was an amazing experienced since it is the world's fastest train.431km/h...
|Taking picture with Shanghai Maglev Train..|
|HOW MAGLEV TRAINS WORK|
-Like poles on magnets keep train above track-Train is propelled by electro-magnetic system in the sides of the "guideway" instead of onboard engine-Top speed (with passengers) - 450km/h (280mph)-Developed by Transrapid Int in Germany-Operating commercially in Shanghai-Test facility in Emsland, northern Germany, is longest of its kind at 31.5km (19.5 miles)Source: Transrapid International