The Shanghai Maglev Train
Shanghai Pudong International Airport , China
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The Shanghai Maglev Train or Shanghai Transrapid Mar 09, 2007
The Shanghai Maglev or in Chinese the Shanghai Magnetic Levitation Demonstration Operation Line is the first commercial high-speed maglev line in the world.
When I landed in Shanghai airport one of my targets was to have a ride with this magnetic train to feel the sensation of driving more than 430 km/h. Besides that it was the quickest way from Pudong Airport to Shanghai.
The train performed 431 km/h and did the 45 km in less than 8 impressive minutes. The tickets were ok in price; just around 10€ for the both of us.
Riding the train was quite funny; all men including myself were looking at the speedometer which was displayed in every compartment. The Japanese tourists in our section were filming it like crazy - they even got me going. It was an impressive ride.
Construction of this line began in March 2001, and public service commenced on 1 January 2004. During a test run on 12 November 2003, a maglev vehicle achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 km/h.
The line runs from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road station in Pudong. The journey takes 7 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the distance of 30 km. A train can reach 350 km/h (220 mph) in 2 minutes, with the maximum normal operation speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) reached thereafter.
The service operates once every 15 minutes. It can be easier and faster for those passengers with destinations in west (Puxi) Shanghai to use a taxi directly from Pudong International Airport—although missing out the "thrill factor" of riding on the high-speed Maglev.
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