Shanghai Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) train: My first experience

When I was in Shanghai in May this year, I could get one of the fastest train on  earth. I had no idea how fast it is until I got on it. The further details of this type of train is available below excerpted from Wikipedia. I took the train on the way back from the downtown of Shanghai to Pudong Airport, the main airport of Shanghai. In my life, I used to take trains from Pattani to Bangkok for several times. As you know, Thai trains can speed less than 120 kms. per hour. It takes almost 12 hours from Pattani to Bangkok.

This is my first time boarding one the fastest train in China. I still remember this experience. The train run the highest speed at 300 kms per hour. You can see the figures shown on the screen. These photos were taken while I was on the train.

When will Thailand introduce the high speed train for its people?

Bordin Waelateh


Information taken from Wikipedia

The Shanghai Maglev Train or Shanghai Transrapid (Chinese: 上海磁浮示范运营线; literally “Shanghai Maglev Demonstration Operation Line”) is a magnetic levitation train, or maglev line that operates in ShanghaiChina. It is the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world and only the second Maglev line to be commercially operated. The train line was designed to connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the outskirts of central Pudong where passengers could interchange to the Shanghai Metro to continue their trip to the city center.

Construction of the line began in 1 March 2001 and public commercial service commenced on 1 January 2004. The top operational commercial speed of this train is 431 km/h (268 mph), making it the world’s fastest train in regular commercial services since its opening in 2004, faster than TGV in France and also faster than the latest CRH conventional wheel train in China at 350 km/h (217 mph). During a non-commercial test run on 12 November 2003, a maglev train achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 km/h (311 mph). The top operational speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) is also faster than the top speed of any Formula One car and MotoGp prototype.

It cost $1.2 billion to build.

The train set and tracks were built by Siemens. The electrification of the train was developed by VAHLE, Inc. Two commercial maglev systems predated the Shanghai system, the Birmingham Maglev in the United Kingdom and the Berlin M-Bahn. Both were low-speed operations and closed before the opening of the Shanghai Maglev Train.

The line is often considered part of the Shanghai Metro network, although there is a separate fare system.


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