2021-10-11 JOJOyu 34493
What do you think about the Chinese-made Maglev trains that can go 600 km/hour?


Thomas Pauken II
, B.A. from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (1999)
BEIJING: That’s good news but it’s important to understand the operational mechanisms of passenger and cargo train operations. The trains can go long distances with connecting tracks reaching from Yiwu, east China’s Zhejiang Province, all the way to train stations in major port cities of western Europe.
Nonetheless, a train going at hi-speeds, such as its maximum - 600km/hr, is not routine. You have to factor in weather conditions, make sure the track is cleared and the land terrain.
The Maglev train can achieve peak speeds and capacity on land that is flat, good weather with no winds and in rural areas with train stations located far away.
Let’s say you choose to take a hi-speed train running from northern China’s Beijing, the capital city to go to the southern coastal city Shenzhen in Guangdong province. From a business standpoint, you can not expect to run directly without stopping at intermediate train stations.
But if you choose to fly, most planes will go one-trip and the flight will just take three to four hours after departure and on-time landing, Beijing to Shenzhen.
Train companies can not succeed as a profitable business doing long distance train rides without stopping. Train tickets are much cheaper than flight tickets. So passengers pay lower fares while anticipating longer journey duration; and passengers getting on and off at train stations along the way.
Hence, a Chinese train can’t just zip across China running at 600km/hr from Beijing to Shenzhen. Many passengers buying a train ticket in the capital city could have a final destination in Wuhan or other train stations along the itinerary.
Hence, the train will have to stop at many train stations and that’s how trains can generate higher revenues. But the train’s journey will of course last longer for passengers buying a ticket from Beijing to Shenzhen.
I mention this not as a side note but to explain that China’s hi-speed Maglev technologies demonstrates amazing progress in the fields of science and train development, but we should be aware of the challenges train companies face to take advantage of new upgrades.
We should also be aware of safety issues in regards to the high speeds of trains, which are just like passenger vehicles on the road. Let’s say you are driving a car and know there are empty highways for many miles ahead.
You accelerate the car to maximum speed or you could wreck it, so it’s similar to a conductor driving a train. They will not choose to make train go 600km/hr just because it can.
The maximum high speed and the records could go higher and perhaps 10 years later we may live in an age when trains can easily hit 1,000km/hr and 600km/hr would seem slow. Nonetheless, we should still be impressed that Chinese Maglev trains can go so fast at the moment.
We can learn more about it from the China Daily. The lix is here:
As reported by the China Daily:
“The new maglev transportation system made its public debut in the coastal city of Qingdao, East China's Shandong province.
It was self-developed by China and marks the country's latest scientific and technological achievement in the field of rail transit, according to the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation.
China's new breakthrough demonstrates that the country has mastered a complete set of high-speed maglev train engineering technologies, including system integration, vehicle production, traction power supply, rail trails, and transport control and communication, said the company.”
Chinese train technologies have taken tremendous strides in recent years. China and the rest of the world will greatly benefit from it.

尽管如此,以最高速度行驶的火车(例如最高时速 600 公里/小时)并不常见,因为您必须考虑天气条件,确保轨道畅通无阻且地形平坦。


Huijian Wu
, CTO (2005-present),Lives in Hong Kong2001–present
On , the 600-km per hour high-speed magnetic levitation transportation system, which is the world's first high-speed magnetic levitation transportation system with a design speed of 600 km per hour, was successfully launched in Qingdao by China CNR.
The 600-km/h high-speed magnetic levitation is the fastest ground transportation system currently available. It adopts the "car-hugging rail" operation structure, with high safety level, spaciousness and comfortable ride. The capacity of a single section can exceed one hundred passengers, and can be flexibly grouped in the range of 2 to 10 cars to meet the needs of different passenger capacity. No contact with the rail during driving, no wheel and rail wear, low maintenance, long overhaul cycle, and good economy of the whole life cycle.
The project was launched in October 2016, the test prototype was developed in 2019 and successfully test-run on the test line of Tongji University in Shanghai in June 2020, and after system optimization to determine the final technical plan, the complete system was developed and started six months of joint tuning and testing in January 2021. Thus, after five years of research, the 600 km/h high-speed magnetic levitation transportation system has been officially launched.



Ang Underwood
China has already planned to replace the current Beijing to Shanhai route (finished in 2008) with this superfast maglev train, while the UK Crossrail that started construction in 2009 is still not finished. LOL.

2018年开通运营,横贯铁路更名为“Elizabeth Line”,也就是传说中的“女王线”。

Gary Wang
But that Crossrail is a marvel of modern engineering. It carves it way through the middle of an ancient city at over 50m in depth & navigating through maybe 10 other subway lines.
it’s like comparing apples and oranges.


Ang Underwood
Totally agree that they are not the same. But since 2009, how many subway lines and how many km of high speed rails has China built across the vast country?


Adi Jaya
“…first…with design speed 600km/h…”
Was it the Japanese L0 Series? Or do you mean this train will run commercially with speed 600 km/h?


Kazuki Tomioka
, Ph.D. Economics (2024)
The said prototype maglev with theoretical top speed of 600km/h has been produced… except it hasn’t reached that speed yet?
I sense very similar marketing strategy to that of hyper loop, that claims top speed of 1000km/h, again the problem being it just hasn’t reached yet.
The super conducting Maglev (SC maglev) system developed by JR central of japan, on the other hand, its prototype has actually reached 600km/h 5 years ago. It is good to have a great concept, and attract attention but one should really focus on the facts: there is nothing new nor fancy here for the above stated facts.
As a side note: JR central has tried decades ago to pursue this “conventional” maglev to reach that kind of speed, only to face the biggest problem: operational cost. That then led them to Sc maglev, which is understood to cost substantially less than the conventional maglev.

我感觉这营销策略与宣称最高时速为1000公里的hyper loop(译注:特斯拉的真空管高铁项目)非常相似,问题是它还没有达到这样的速度。
作为旁注:JR central几十年前就曾尝试采用这种“传统”磁悬浮来达到这种速度,结果却面临着最大的问题:运营成本。这就导致他们选择了超导磁悬浮(SC-Maglev),据了解,它的成本大大低于传统磁悬浮。

Hongda Jiang
, recreational scholar of Sino-Russian relations
This is no doubt a great achievement. However, I wonder how feasible it is to integrate this into the national rail infrastructure in the short term. My understanding is that the type of railroad needed for the PRC’s latest maglev train is not compatible with its existing HSR railroads (correct me if I’m wrong on compatibility).
I think it’ll still be a while before we see operational maglev routes in the PRC. That said, in the long term, once this technology scales, & if a new set of maglev railroads must be constructed, then the existing HSR system can be gradually converted to carrying freight instead of people. This would represent quite an upgrade for freight transportation in the PRC, since that sector is still quite slow.


Johann Joss
, studied Mathematics & Computers at ETH Zurich (1968)
It is a great achievment.
It shows what the chinese are capable of making.
It shows how backward the US are.


Mark Damohn
Hi Johann: High Speed Rail - Been There, Done That, Past That!!! It’s obsolete technology for America. No, it simply shows how far advanced the united States is.


Johann Joss
Your opinion. I disagree.

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Mark Damohn
No, it’s not my opinion. it is simply a fact. The US does not have the population density that China or Europe has. Switzerland’s population density is 567 per square mile, while the United States population density is 94 per square mile.
So in your eyes high speed passenger trains work for Europe. That does not apply to the US.


Peter Walker
, Mechanical Fitter at Uranium Mine
It's about time. Their current Maglev only does 438k. But it's getting a bit old. I first rode in it about 18 years ago.
The ride is smooth but a bit violent. A tiny curve at cruise is a surprise.
It's the airport train in Shanghai.