The world’s first operational electromagnetic levitation (EML) train system is making waves in Shanghai, China. The MAGLEV covers the 30 km journey from the Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road Station in an impressive eight minutes. At 430 km/h, it makes most traditional railway systems look slow and outdated. This revolutionary transportation system offers a much smoother ride than traditional railway trains, with lower levels of noise and vibrations.
In addition to its speed, the MAGLEV’s other advantages over traditonal rails are its safety and energy efficiency. With no physical contact between the vehicle and the track, there is no possibility of derailment or damage to either one. This also means that fewer resources are needed for maintenance since there are no moving mechanical parts involved in its operation.
Despite its numerous benefits, it took decades of research and countless proposals before the MAGLEV was finally put into commercial operation – with Shanghai remaining as the only city so far having taken advantage of this technology. It’s about time more cities around the world take notice and appreciate what magnetic levitation trains can do for their transport infrastructure!
For those wishing to learn more about this revolutionary technology, be sure to check out a documentary on Shanghai’s EML train system – it will give you a glimpse into how extraordinary this form of transportation can be!