China to Start Laying Experimental Vacuum Tube Railway Track for 1,000km/h Maglev Trains

200km of experimental track to push speeds up first to 600km/h and ultimately to 1000km/h

See also: China Unveils 600 km/h Magnetic-Levitation Train Prototype

China aims to again take the lead in the new global race to make bullet trains travel even faster. By harnessing the power of magnetic levitation, it is believed trains will be able to accelerate from the current 350km/h on conventional tracks to between 600 and 1,000km/h.

Changjiang Daily, the official mouthpiece of Wuhan, capital city of Hubei, reported at the end of last month that experimental maglev tracks would be laid in the central province early next year. It cited a key survey carried out by a design institute for the China Railway Group Limited. It was tasked with conducting a feasibility study for a sprawling new network stretching from Guangzhou to Beijing on which trains could travel at between 600km/h and 1,000km/h – if the concept of maglev trains swinging inside a vacuum tube can be put into practice.

The exceptionally high speed means that once operational, a 2,200-km journey from Wuhan to Guangzhou could be reduced to about two hours.

It has also been reported that a 600km/h maglev train prototype will be ready for trial runs in 2020. Hubei will start work on a 200-km section made of vacuum tubes to conduct experiments to verify the cutting-edge, high-temperature superconducting maglev theory and ultimately push the speed limit to 1,000km/h.

What is propelling the ambitious new project is Beijing’s latest policy paper on nationwide transportation developments promulgated last month. It contains a chapter on running new maglev lines between key urban centers to complement the existing network of high-speed railways.

The 350km/h high-speed trunk routes between Beijing and Shanghai and Beijing and Guangzhou have seen their average loading and occupancy rates soar to 82% in the decade since completion. Train cars are already packed prior to major holidays and during peak travel seasons, and marshaling and signaling constraints mean few extra trains can be added to alleviate congestion.

China is thus mulling building maglev lines in the next one to two decades in and between the affluent Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta, where the demand for high-speed intercity travel is expected to increase even further. It is believed that business travelers may choose to hop on maglev trains instead of planes if they can travel from one major city to another within an hour.

Also, a China Railway Group engineer told Changjiang Daily that Japan, Germany and the US were also competing against China, trialing their respective ultrafast maglev trains based on various models of the superconducting maglev technology.

He said that China’s lead in conventional high-speed railways and rolling stocks would not necessarily give the nation a head start in the competitive world of  “floating trains,” referring to the maglev technology, which involves two sets of magnets repelling each other and lifting a train up off its tracks.

In 2002, China received a technology transfer from Germany for a 30-km maglev line between downtown Shanghai and the city’s Pudong Airport that would allow trains to travel at 430km/h.

Source: Asia Times

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  2. 9400budlang8406 says

    And our universities are offering more and more useless social degrees.

  3. Meltonmark says

    China and India each produce over 1 million science graduates every year. The West produces 1 million femherroids graduating in Women’s Studies.

  4. Cortizone says

    “The exceptionally high speed means that once operational, a 2,200-km journey from Wuhan to Guangzhou could be reduced to about two hours.”

    Wuhan to Guangzhou is NOT 2200 km, it’s about 1,000 km. If it takes two hours, that’s an average speed of about 500 km/h not 1000 km/h.

    Probably a good idea to get your numbers right BEFORE you publish the article.

    Did you mean Beijing, not Wuhan?

  5. All_has_An _END_. says

    thank god we have AMTRAK LOL

    1. The Globalist says

      The Chines love to ride on the rail system in the US because it gives them a feeling of nostalgia about how it was 30 years ago in China (just kidding).

  6. CHUCKMAN says

    China now has about 30,000 kilometers of high-speed rail, and China is a very mountainous country making such construction far more demanding.

    That represents two-thirds of the world’s total high-speed rail networks.

    The trains are fast compared to ours, but the recently announced announced mag-lev train travels at around 600 kilometers per hour and perhaps more.

    The train will revolutionize travel, likely making Elon Musk’s dingy sewer pipes in the ground irrelevant and eventually eliminating some forms of air travel.

    But speaking of flying, China is building more than two hundred new airports its planners calculate will be needed in just over fifteen years.

    I think very few of our people have a grasp on the gigantic achievements going on in China.

    1. The Globalist says

      That is much so. They are such a huge force in the world now.

      But I also have to commend the Japanese for having led the way in connecting most of their major cities with Shinkansen bullet trains over the last 30 years. And the Chinese have followed in the footsteps of the Japanese.

      Chinese tourists are absolutely everywhere in Japan. They are so intrigued by it.

      I’ve taken the Shinkansen maybe 25 times this year and whenever I see one go through the station, I shake my head at the speed and the high level of precision. It has helped so much in connecting everyone in the country. Business men get commuter passes on the trains and go to another city in the am and come back for supper.

      It has made it unnecessary to connect many of the cities by plane, and it is an unusual phenomenon to see a plane in the sky in most of Japan.

      And I also have noted Japan’s integrating of many foreign workers in hotels, restaurants, shops, etc., from Vietnam, Pakistan, and so on, and I see quite a few foreign students at the universities outside Tokyo.

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