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According to Mr Tong Laisheng, director of CRRC’s Maglev Research Institute, the maglev train completed a series of test runs during which the maximum speed was increased in stages from 100km/h to 120km/h, 150km/h and 155km/h. At each stage, the train’s status and dynamic performance was monitored to ensure it was safe to increase the speed to the next level.
The achievement of 160km/h marks the completion of the Hunan Provincial Party Committee and provincial government’s Middle Speed Maglev Technology Research IV programme aimed at developing a maglev train for inter-urban services.
The Changsha Maglev Express Line, which links Changsha South station with Huanghua Airport, opened on May 6 2016. It is operated with Version 1.0 maglev trains which have a maximum speed of 100km/h. Apart from its higher maximum speed, the Version 2.0 train has an increased suspension capacity of 6 tonnes and 30% more traction power.
The Version 2.0 maglev train team celebrate the milestone.
This article first appeared on www.railjournal.com
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