A Look at China’s First Ever Suspended Railway

Last week, China’s first ever suspended railway went into testing. The railway, painted in colours of the Giant Panda (Black and White) – a native of Sichuan province in Chengdu, was tested in Central China. The country became the third behind Germany and Japan to master such technology.

A Look at China's First Ever Suspended Railway

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According to reports, the suspended successfully ran along the 300m test section of the railway line after being suspended from the line. The train, which has a speed of 60km/h, along with the charging stations, will be subjected to further test runs until engineers in charge give an all-clear.

Developed by CRRC Nanjing Puzhen in conjunction with Chengdu’s Southwest Jiaotong University, the new system is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly compared to electric and diesel rail systems. The cost is also far more affordable compared to building an underground railway.

A Look at China's First Ever Suspended RailwayThe sky train operates around six metres above the ground, powered by lithium batteries and recharged at stops. Each coach has a capacity for 120 passengers and fitted with two double doors per side.

As at press time, no official date has been communicated about opening to the general public. Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan Province, is the first city in China to officially unveil a suspension railway. The city also operates an underground Metro system.

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