Xingguo to redefine maglev trains

By LIU YUKUN in Beijing and WANG JIAN in Nanchang | China Daily | Updated: 2022-08-10 09:27
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China's first permanent magnet maglev rail transit project completes tests on the line's "red track" on Tuesday in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province. [Provided to China Daily]

The manufacture of China's first permanent maglev suspension train Xingguo reached completion on Tuesday in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province.

The Xingguo train does not rely on rubber wheels for load-bearing runs. Instead, it uses attraction and repulsion in a magnetic field created within tracks to propel itself while being suspended in air with zero friction.

According to the China Railway Liuyuan Group, Xingguo is the first of its kind in China to adopt permanent magnetic levitation technology.

Xingguo is a trial project of the Red Rail program and is being co-developed by the Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, China Railway Liuyuan Group Co Ltd and China Railway Hi-Tech Industry Co Ltd.

"Compared with conventional transportation tools, Xingguo is a new type of small-capacity maglev train that is safer, greener, more cost-efficient and intelligent," said Chen Guodong, general manager of China Railway Liuyuan Group.

Xingguo marks China's latest attempt to use cutting-edge technologies to transform the domestic railway industry. Maglev refers to magnetic levitation, the principle applied by certain railroad systems that use magnets to float trains above the tracks.

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