RailDesign and parts production targets 2020 test launch.

China up to speed with Maglev rail project

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China hopes to catch up with Japan with the launch of its own maglev high-speed trains.
China hopes to catch up with Japan with the launch of its own maglev high-speed trains. Photo Credit: Kagenmi/GettyImages

State-owned CRRC Qingdao Sifang is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-speed trains in China. It was behind the Vibrant Express and Fuxing Express running on the recently launched Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, which connects Hong Kong to the mainland.

China is jumping on-board the high-speed rail revolution with a design for the prototype of China’s first maglev train with a top speed of 600km/h.

The first train model and a five-kilometre test track are due to be completed by 2020.

Liang Jianying, the only female chief engineer in China’s high-speed train manufacturing industry, told the South China Morning Post, “We have completed the design for the prototype of the maglev train and started on production of parts.”

State-owned CRRC Qingdao Sifang is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-speed trains in China. It was behind the Vibrant Express and Fuxing Express running on the recently launched Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, which connects Hong Kong to the mainland.

Liang said China has mastered many critical technologies in designing high-speed trains since the country launched its industry with models and parts imported from Japan in 2004.

By the end of 2017, the high-speed rail network on the mainland spanned 25,000 kilometres – the longest in the world.

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