Construction is set to begin on the test line for the 1,000 km/h maglev high-speed train in Datong, Shanxi Province, North China. The project for the world’s fastest land vehicle will take place in phases with the first one involving a 2-kilometer line that is scheduled to be completed in June next year. Installation of the equipment and test will begin at the time of completion. Afterward, a 15-kilometer test line will be built within two years. The total plan calls for a rail line of 60 kilometers, as per the announcement made by the municipal government of Datong.
Low-vacuum magnetic levitation high-speed train uses superconducting magnetic levitation technology to eliminate friction resistance and cut off ground contact, to achieve speeds of more than 622 miles per hour. The country already has the world’s largest high-speed railway network with tracks covering 38,000 kilometers as of last year, serving 95 percent of the cities with a population of more than 1 million. The success of this project will only add to the feats it has made in the world of transportation.
“Hyperloop and maglev systems are only part of the new era of transportation. A route of at least 50 kilometers is necessary to test various aspects, including the vehicle itself, as well as command systems, signals, and routines. Whether such new modes offer economic benefits and environmental protection advantages should also be evaluated further” Wang Dashui, a railway transport engineer. In research and development, the nation holds just under 50% of the world’s maglev patents, ranking first and well above Japan’s 20.57 percent. On the crucial Beijing-Shanghai route, travel time could fall from 5.5 hours by train to just 2.5 to 3.5 hours by maglev, marginally slower than the 2.5 hours it would take to travel by air.