Maglev debuts in Shanghai

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by roryglasgow, Jan 1, 2003.

  1. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I saw a thing on the History Channel about that. The Japaneese have had one for years.
  3. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Yes, the Japanese have one that they have been testing for a while. It is being used in commercial service, but is still only a prototype. Also, a there is some company building a test track at Old Dominion University in Virginia.

    To my knowledge, the one in Shanghai is the first full-blown commercial application of a maglev train. At present, it is only a few miles long. But they have considered a line between Shanghai and Beijing if this one proves successful--although the cost would be enormous.

    I imagine, though, that since Germany is sharing the technology with China, we'll start seeing these things sold a discount rates (with Made in China stamped on the bottom). :)

    Perhaps Kato, Life-Like, Bachmann, etc. will be able to scale the technology down to HO and N scales one day. :) Then it would be prototypical to run trains at 300 scale mph! Maybe even run them at 300 mph, for real!

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