Travel Pics Theme: PublicTransport. Shanghai’s Maglev Train

Shanghai Maglev Train 2The theme for our ‪‎travel pics this week is Public Transport. 

I might have mentioned in the past that I’m something of a nerdygeek when it comes to high-speed trains 🙂

So far, we’ve traveled on the high-speed

* Trenitalia Freccia train from Rome to Paris (300km/hr – but it was an overnight train – so there wasn’t much to see … Doh!),

* NTV Italo from Venice to Rome (300km/hr – I HIGHLY recommend this – it was an amazing experience)

*Eurostar (300km/hr in France, 230km/h in Britain, 160km/hr in the Channel Tunnel – again, not a lot to see.)

But they are all traditional trains – ie they have wheels which run on tracks.

The Shanghai Maglev is different – it uses magnets to glide along a magnetised track – so it literally hovers above the track.

It reaches up to 430km/hr on it’s 30 km journey between Pudong Station and the Shanghai Airport – but only for two hours a day.The rest of the time, it runs at 300km/hr, to conserve power.

But even at it’s ‘lower’ speed, it’s an amazing sensation … because there are no ‘moving parts’ connecting the train with the ground!

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