China’s First Maglev Train

China’s high-speed rail network is the world’s largest, with over 12,400 miles of track already built, funded with $538 billion in government money. In 2016, China’s first magnetically levitated, or maglev, train came into operation in Changsha, the capital of the Hunan province. This marked a significant milestone in the evolution of modern Chinese transit systems.

Key Facts

Location:  Changsha, China

Project Size: N/A

Date: May 2016

Companies Involved

CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co.

Project Features/Advancements

CRRC

CRRC is a Chinese publicly traded rolling stock manufacturer. As the largest manufacturer of rolling stock in the world, CRRC is constantly pushing the boundaries of new technology. Their dedication to innovation can be seen in the development of multiple models of maglev train. Maglev technology uses magnets to propel “floating” trains along their tracks, removing the need for an engine. The benefits of maglev trains as compared to traditional train technology are numerous: zero emissions, higher speeds, lower cost of operation, reduced noise pollution. Although this first maglev line is a medium-low speed train, additional high-speed maglev options are currently being developed.

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