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Old December 3rd, 2015, 08:46 AM   #361
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Are Maglevs more expensive then monorails for rapid transit proposes?
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 08:55 PM   #362
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I don't have facts in front of me, but maglevs have far less moving parts. I believe the energy usage is negligible. Both monorails and maglevs are far superior to steel wheel/steel rail conventional subways and light rail in long term maintenance of the track and vehicles. Also, there is no steel dust generated with maglev and monorail, which is a huge benefit.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 08:56 PM   #363
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Steel Dust Generated By New York City's Subway System Affects The Amount Of Iron, Manganese And Chromium That Commuters Breathe
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0106072837.htm

Dust From Subways Harmful To Health
http://www.medicaldaily.com/dust-sub...-health-245305
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Old January 30th, 2016, 04:44 AM   #364
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Changsha Maglev speed test of 103km/h.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 06:55 PM   #365
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Incheon Airport Maglev opened in February 3, 2016.
It's 6.1 kilometres (3.8 mi) long, with six stations and a 110 km/h (68 mph) operating speed.
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Old February 20th, 2016, 03:59 PM   #366
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Steel Dust Generated By New York City's Subway System Affects The Amount Of Iron, Manganese And Chromium That Commuters Breathe
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0106072837.htm

Dust From Subways Harmful To Health
http://www.medicaldaily.com/dust-sub...-health-245305
The second article does not specify any health risks, and the first article says multiple times that there are no known health risks associated with the observed level of metal dust. Certainly a benefit of maglev would be reduce this source of pollution, and it is one of many benefits to such a system. However, the many toxic chemical in rubber tire dust (of which much more is likely being generated in every city), as well as the exhaust fumes and the fluids (oil, antifreeze, fuel, etc.) that leak into our water supply from vehicle or bus travel seem that they would have a much greater impact on human health. The impact of exhaust has been proven.

While maglev could improve this particular aspect of subway operation, use of subways in the meantime is still far superior to other forms of transportation.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 03:02 PM   #367
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The Changsha Maglev is undergoing testing right now. I can't wait to ride it when it opens!
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Old April 5th, 2016, 04:53 AM   #368
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Changsha maglev has opened. It is the third airport maglev (after Shanghai Pudong and Incheon).
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Old April 5th, 2016, 03:45 PM   #369
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What is the frequence of this line? I've heard it should take some 10 mins from airport to the south station. Has the ticket price already been anounced? Is it separate fare from the metro?
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Old September 27th, 2016, 04:53 PM   #370
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From the China Urban Transit thread.

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It's expected to be in service by the end of 2017 ( http://www.bbaqw.com/wz/24823.htm ).

http://www.bbaqw.com/wz/24823.htm




The driver/passenger cabin is made of fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) and composite foam materials ( just like the Changsha ones, see http://www.tschina.com/news/4_310 ).

http://www.maglev.cn/
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Old September 30th, 2016, 06:01 AM   #371
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There are two major problems with Maglevs

1. They are a major NIMBY problem. There is a huge concern among some over the health effects of the magnets, making it nearly impossible to route the Maglev through neighborhoods where they need to go.

2. They are incompatible with existing networks. Conventional High-Speed trains can run on any electrified track of the same rail gauge, allowing them to go into historic rail stations and use existing rail lines at least for part of their route. Then they can shift to dedicated high-speed railways outside of the city. Maglevs need every bit of the infrastructure to be custom built, which can be really hard to do in a dense city where most of the ridership will originate from or go to. Shanghai's Maglev starts far outside of the existing city center
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The Beijing Maglev Rolls Out at CRRC's Tangshan Factory












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Old April 28th, 2017, 07:45 PM   #373
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Its really happening!!!

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1300 passenger carrying capacity ( 2017年4月12日 ) ...

Source: http://m.wanhuajing.com/d753431



~30% cheaper than "light rail" to build (including trains) and very likely lower maintenance costs.
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Old April 28th, 2017, 07:46 PM   #374
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http://m.wanhuajing.com/d753431

...From Google Translate...

large and luxurious! Beijing's first magnetic levitation subway test ran the original long 100 km per hour
April 12, 2017 Source: Internet

April 6, Beijing S1 line in the low-speed magnetic levitation switch installation site. With the vehicle FBI commander "full line power, the body began to run" directive, the vehicle even out of the reservoir area.

"Through the No. 10 turnout smooth, 6 turnout smooth ... ...". The vehicle and slowly onto the crossing line, "No. 4 turnout through the rotating beam no noise, No. 3 turnout normal." Commander's instructions through the radio waves in the field transmission.

With the test body running smoothly through the iron and steel bridge installation and installation of the turnout, waiting at the scene of the iron bridge staff cheers up.

Up to now, by the China Railway Baocheng commitment to the full range of 26 sets of turnout installation, has completed the total 72%, in accordance with the overall plan, this year Shimen camp to Jin'anqiao interval will be opened to traffic.

The first column of the Beijing S1 line "Linglong" in the low-speed maglev train using the attraction of the electromagnet, the use of special rail design, the train "floating" in the air, linear motor drive vehicle running smoothly, no derailment and rollover phenomenon, No friction, zero emissions, low noise.

The train uses two head vehicles, four intermediate cars composed of six groups, aluminum body, wide body, the maximum capacity of 1302 people, the maximum operating speed of 100 km.

The combined cost of vehicles and lines is 33% lower than that of the subway, 25% lower than the medium transport light rail, saving mechanical parts wear and maintenance costs and lower life cycle costs.

Trains can adapt to sand, rain and snow weather operation, climbing capacity is similar to the city rail products 2 times the minimum turning radius of only 75 meters, can be quietly shuttle in the urban complex, to achieve "door to door" seamless convergence.

S1 line is the first maglev line in Beijing, Beijing is also low-speed maglev traffic operation demonstration line. 10.2 km long line, set up 8 stations, west of Mentougou District Shimen camp, east of Shijingshan District Apple Park Station, the vast majority of lines for the elevated, the opening will be 10 trains to bear the operation. Shijiazhuang camp in the north side of the depot for the maglev vehicle operation and management, parking and maintenance.

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From Google Earth.

[IMG]fullsizeoutput_8a82 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]fullsizeoutput_8a7e by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]fullsizeoutput_8a7c by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]fullsizeoutput_8a83 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old June 12th, 2017, 03:48 PM   #376
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Slower maglev trains pick up steam in China

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Tren...steam-in-China

BEIJING -- Lower-speed maglev train networks are springing up across China as the homegrown technology offers an economical urban transit alternative to subways.

Infrastructure developer China Railway Construction and global train-car leader CRRC are among the companies behind the rush. Projects are underway in several cities, from Beijing to Qingyuan in the south to Urumqi in the far west. Investments in the projects are expected to total around 60 billion yuan ($8.7 billion).

Quiet and cost-efficient

"I was surprised when the train moved silently," an office worker from Shanghai said with a smile after riding a magnetic levitation train in Changsha, Hunan Province. Since no wheels touch the rail, acceleration does not increase vibration.

The Changsha service, which started pilot operations in May 2016, connects an airport to a high-speed train station. The project includes China Railway Construction and the CRRC group as investors. The network spans around 19km, with investment amounting to 4.3 billion yuan. The maximum speed by design is around 100kph, but the trains actually run around 70kph. The service is slated to officially launch by the end of this year.

Noise level in the passenger cabin is so low that people need not speak loudly to have a conversation, said a representative of the developer. "It's quieter than a monorail and so it's easier to get support from local residents."

As automobiles increase rapidly and fuel road congestion in China, developing urban transit systems is an urgent task. Developers have installed subway systems in large cities, but construction costs 500 million to 800 million yuan per kilometer, due to the digging work involved. Aboveground maglev rails cost just 200 million to 300 million yuan per kilometer.



The lower-speed maglev, developed in China, keeps train cars floating 8mm above the rail, and does not require the liquid helium or powerful magnet used to keep trains 10cm above the rail as in the Japanese system. "It costs half to one third of a subway to build, and requires less space to install rails," says an official of the Hunan project developer.

With these advantages, maglev train projects are increasing rapidly in China. China Railway Construction in October created a wholly owned subsidiary to step up maglev construction. The company has reached an agreement with the government of Qingyuan in Guangdong Province, and plans a 30km network costing 10 billion yuan. The target is to begin operations at the end of 2018.

China Railway Group, a major developer with former ties to the Railway Ministry, is building a 20km maglev system to open this year in a Beijing suburb, at a cost of 12 billion yuan.

Similar networks are envisioned for Urumqi, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and to link the Sichuan Province cities of Deyang and Chengdu.

A CRRC group unit developing and building maglev train cars is preparing to increase output. A Hunan Province subsidiary will supply the Changsha project, and a Hebei Province subsidiary will supply the Beijing project. The plan is to increase output capacity as projects some online.
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Old June 12th, 2017, 03:57 PM   #377
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Beijing's 1st medium-low speed maglev Line S1 to be open in 2017

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/06-11/261068.shtml

Engineers began comprehensive testing and debugging of Beijing's first maglev line this week. It is expected to start a trial run before the end of 2017.

The overhead maglev line, named S1, uses sophisticated systems to maintain an air gap between the train and the rail.

It will be the first domestically developed automated subway on the Chinese mainland, said a spokesperson for the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

S1 will run in the west, from Shijingshan district's Pingguoyuan to Shimenying in the mountainous Mentougou district. It will stretch about 10 kilometers and have eight stations.

The travel time between the two locations, currently connected only by bus, will be cut by two-thirds to just 20 minutes, according to the Beijing Major Projects Construction Office.

Once finished, S1 will connect with the subway's Line 1 and the western extension of Line 6, which is under construction.



Currently, Beijing has 19 lines covering 574 kilometers. A further 350 kilometers will be built this year.

Authorities say up to 90 percent of the city proper will have at least one subway station within 750 meters by 2020, at which point rail access will reach all of the city's 16 urban and rural districts.

Driverless trains are scheduled to be used on more planned lines, including an express line to the new airport being built in the southern Daxing district.




Photo taken on June 6, 2017 shows a bridge under construction for Beijing's maglev line S1 across Yongding River in Beijing





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Old October 15th, 2017, 06:16 PM   #379
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This is an exciting new maglev opening soon in Beijing!
These pictures were taken a few days ago, October 2017.

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]
Close up on the switches in the yard.

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]
The maglev pauses here during testing.

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]
Road construction is happening all along portions of the route.

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]
This beautiful bridge has just been painted a crisp white!

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]
Station signs are being stored here.

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Beijing Maglev S1 by Luke Ord, on Flickr[/IMG]
More road work near this station.
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