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China-made maglev train to debut in 2015

A CHINA-DEVELOPED magnetic levitation train will be used in 2015 on the first maglev line in Beijing.

A model of the train is being showcased at an exhibition in the capital, today's Legal Daily reported.

The train has been tested, the developer said, according to the report.

An official surnamed Wang with Beijing Enterprises Holdings Maglev Technology Development Co Ltd told the newspaper China leads the world in its low and medium speed maglev research.

The company now has the ability to begin mass production of maglev trains, the report said.

According to earlier media reports, the maglev train will be used on the Daitai line, which will start in the IT center of Haidian District, pass through Shijingshan District and end in Mentougou District.

The train has a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour and has three carriages, each with 100 to 120 seats.

The train's working noise can hardly be heard five meters away.

Compared with subway and light railways, maglevs boast greener credentials with less noise, less radiation and greater energy efficiency.

Shanghai now operates the world's only commercial maglev system on a 30-kilometer stretch between Pudong New Area and Pudong airport. The German-made maglev went into operation on December 31, 2002.


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