Qingyuan to launch first maglev line – but at gentle speed

The province will get its first glimpse of magnetic-levitation railway lines in October next year, when a medium-speed line will open in Zhaoqing’s city center of Qingyuan.

Construction began on the line, which will run trains at 160km/h, in late 2017. Much faster lines using the maglev technology are being planned for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong route, as was reported last week. But they have not yet been tested. Moreover, the technology is apparently capable of running at close to the speed of sound, 1,000 km/h, but only in underground “tubes”.

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