Beijing’s First MagLev Train Enters Testing Phase

Beijing’s First MagLev Train Enters Testing Phase :Beijing’s MagLev (magnetic levitation) train line S1 started undergoing testing and debugging in June 2017.

A trial run is expected before the end of 2017.

Developed in China by CRRC Tangshan Locomotive & Rolling Stock Company Ltd, it will be operated by the Beijing Suburban Railway between Pingguoyuan in the Shijingshan district to Shimenying in the western district of Mentougou. The 10.2 km long line will service eight stations:

1-Shimenying
2-Xiaoyuan
3-Municipal Bureau of Mines
4-Shang’ancun
5-Shilonglu
6-Sidaoqiao
7-Jinanqiao
8-Pingguoyuan

This will be the first domestically built Chinese MagLev train.

Named “Linglong” and manufactured in Tangshan in north China’s Hebei province, the train will silently operate at a maximum speed of 100 km/h and generate zero emissions. The first of ten trainsets was delivered at the Shimen depot in Beijing in December 2016.


China’s capital currently has 19 lines, covering 574 km, with a further 350 km being built this year in an attempt to curb serios air pollution caused by traditional combustion engines.

Local authorities say that up to 90% of the city will have at least one subway station within 750 meters by 2020, with all 16 urban and rural districts being served by rail.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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