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Beijing’s First Maglev Prepares for Operation

Beijing’s first mid-to-low-speed magnetic levitation railway line is preparing for its debut later this year. The maglev line will have eight stations stretching over 10.2 km and will run at a maximum speed of 100 km/h.

Beijing Maglev
Maglev Train © CRRC

Beijing’s New Maglev Line

Services on Line S1 will run from Shimenying station in western Mentougou district to Pingguoyuan station in Shijingshan district, a transfer station for Line 1.

The whole journey will take about 20 minutes, including the time for passengers to get on and off.

The country’s first domestically designed and manufactured maglev line began operating a year ago in Changsha, capital of Hunan province.

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Maglev Trains

The train, manufactured by CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd. in Hebei province, has six cars and is designed to carry 1,032 passengers at a time. 10 trains will be put into use in the first stage of operation.

The main feature of the maglev train is that it doesn’t have wheels, unlike the current metro trains. Using electromagnetic forces, the trains are elevated about 1 centimetre above the tracks, avoiding friction and resulting in a smooth ride.

Tracks are specially designed to prevent the trains from overturning or derailing.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Electrical Engineering was quoted by China Central Television as saying that “the magnetic fields of the maglev trains have less effect on human health than TV sets”.

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Original article © CRRC.

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