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China unveils prototype 620kmph superfast train

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A prototype train using high-temperature superconducting (HTS) maglev technology was rolled out on Wednesday in southwest China’s city of Chengdu.

The domestically developed maglev train boasts a designed speed of 620 kph, according to Southwest Jiaotong University, one of the train’s designers.

A 165-meter line to test the new technology was launched on the same day.

The first man-loading high-temperature superconducting (HTS) Maglev test vehicle in the world was successfully developed on Dec. 31, 2000 in the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory, Southwest Jiaotong University, China.

Heretofore over 24,500 passengers took the vehicle, and it has been operating back and forth for about 400 km.

The HTS Maglev vehicle provides inherent stability both in the vertical and lateral direction, so no control system is needed.

The only control system is used for linear motor driving devices. (Xinhua/NAN)

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