Defying the laws of gravity, the system is free from any rail and wheels. With frictional forces zero, the motion is possible at a very high speed. The low environmental impact and minimal care make this train a very modern reliable achievement based on the combination of superconducting magnets and linear motor technology.
The construction began in March 2001, and on the 1st of January 2004 it began public service. The project total cost went up to $1.33 billion for the 30,5 km track. The world record for the fastest non-conventional train in the world was set by the Japanese Maglev in 2003 while reaching the maximum speed of 552 km/h with a manned vehicle. However, the Chinese record speed wasn't far behind: during a test on the 12th November 2006, the Shanghai Maglev reached 501 km/h.
The train journey takes 7 minutes and 20 second to complete the 30 km distance from Long yang Road station in Pudong on the Shanghai subway line 2 to Pundong International Airport. This very fast train operates daily between 06:45–21:30, every 15 minutes. In normal conditions, Maglev reaches the maximum speed of 431 km/h, and can reach 350km /h in just a couple of minutes.
So if you're in Shanghai and you have to get to the airport, consider taking the 7 minute Maglev train trip and see what levitation really feels like.
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