A new magnetic levitation train has been developed in China. The legitimate successor to the Transrapid, which failed here, is said to reach speeds of up to 600 km/h.
The Transrapid has been developed in Germany since 1969. For a long time, the magnetic levitation train was considered the train of the future, which, with travel speeds of over 400 km/h, was supposed to be a link between the train, which was around 100 km/h at the time, and aircraft, which was intended to supplement the transport network in Germany and Europe. Nothing has come of it to this day.
In China, the magnetic levitation train based on the German Transrapid has been in regular operation since December 31, 2002. A 30-kilometer route connects the city of Shanghai with Pudong Airport. On this short journey, too, the train accelerates to 430 km/h.
New magnetic levitation train can reach 600 km/h
But that's not the end of the story. In the city of Qingdao, a new magnetic levitation train has now been presented, which is said to reach speeds of up to 600 km/h. In contrast to the train in Shanghai, according to the Reuters news agency and the CNN television station, the new model is a Chinese in-house development.
But there is still no route network in the Middle Kingdom that connects large cities. According to media reports, however, corresponding plans are underway. However, it is not known whether and when magnetic levitation trains will also be used on long distances in China.
In Germany, the maglev train, known as the Transrapid, was used commercially. The fast train has been running in Shanghai since 2002. The Chinese have now developed a new model that is said to reach speeds of up to 600 km/h.