Beijing's first maglev train plans to open in 2012

17:11, November 11, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Beijing's first maglev train, Line S1, will begin its construction on Dec. 28 and plans to open to the public in 2012. It uses the low and middle speed magnetic levitation technology.

The low and middle maglev technology is currently being developed to be used in the fifth generation of trains and will be used in Line S1. The fourth generation of the train, which is undergoing testing and design, has traveled 500,000 kilometers safely and it reaches a top speed of 105 kilometers per hour.

Beijing's maglev train will have six cars and each car is 15 meters long and 3 meters wide. It is shorter than common trains. Seats will be arranged on both sides of the cars and the middle space is left for the standing passengers. The route is about 20 kilometers and it has 12 stations along the route.

The maglev trains with the low and middle maglev swerves in a small radius and it can climb 70 meters every 1,000 meters going strait, which will reduce the length of bridge approaches and is suitable for construction in urban areas.

The radiation of low and middle maglev trains will have no effects on people's health. The reason is simple that the train will not drift if the electromagnetism released off, according to a related official.

Figures show the noise of the low and middle maglev train is 64 decibels 10 meters away and that of the light rail train is 90 decibels.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion