Tuesday, May 26, 2009

China - Shanghai Transrapid # 4

.....is a system of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles, predominantly trains, using magnetic suspension.
The line runs from Longyang Road station in Pudong, to Pudong International Airport. The journey takes 7 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the distance of 30 km. The trains can reach 350 km/h (220 mph) in 2 minutes, with the maximum normal operation speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) reached thereafter.

It is an incredible smooth ride, the train appears to tilt and you only feel a slight shudder when another train passes going the other way about halfway through the journey. We just did a round trip for the pleasure of going that fast and I believe it's the first commercial line in the world.
You will see from the photos below I managed to take pictures as it was travelling at it's fastest speeds (just to prove it does go that fast)!

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At 27/5/09 08:32, Blogger Beccy said...

My boys would love a ride on that!

At 27/5/09 08:32, Blogger MarmiteToasty said...

goodness its been such a while since Ive been on a train and it most certainly wasnt like that spaceage one LOL.... Im sure it still have the wooden slam doors ;)


At 27/5/09 13:59, Blogger Anvilcloud said...


At 27/5/09 19:33, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

WHOA! That is one fast train!

At 28/5/09 22:15, Anonymous Grannymar said...

Gosh, trains have improved since I was last on one.


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