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Tangshan-made Maglev Train ran in Beijing 2018-01-02

On December 30, 2017, Line S1, the first maglev traffic demonstration line, was formally put into its trial operation. Ten low-speed maglev trains, researched and developed by CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd., started their trial operations by carrying passengers from Shichang to Jin’anqiao, which were seven stations in six sections. In addition, it took only 16 minutes for the whole course. In the future, after the opening of Apple Park transfer stop and Jin'anqiao transfer stop, Line S1 will be connected with Line 1 and Line 6 of Beijing Subway. At that time, the transport between Beijing’s western area and downtown will be more convenient and efficient.

The first batch of 10 low-speed maglev trains of Beijing S1 Line are all researched and manufactured by CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd., and they adopt the marshalling of 6 units with the designed speed of 100km/h and a full capacity of 1,302 passengers. Besides, the low-speed maglev train has a variety of advantages, such as the strong climbing ability, safety and reliability, and low costs of construction and maintenance. The train of Line S1 uses the system of normal conducting magnetic levitation, and it relies on the electromagnetic attraction generated between the electromagnets “hugged” under the track and rails to float the train by about 8 to 10 millimeters. Because there is a gap between the body and the track, there is friction between wheels and rails. Compared with traditional trains, maglev trains do not have the impact, vibration and friction between wheels and rails, and trains generally "affix to fly" with low noise, little vibration, and extreme low mechanical loss. At the same time, based on the use of electromagnetic suction, the train is floated, and the track and electromagnet form a closed magnetic circuit, and therefore the electromagnetic field would not leak to the outside. IEECAS (Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau and many other agencies have conducted several rigorous tests on maglev trains. The results indicate that the intensity of electromagnetic radiation is far below the international standards promulgated by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) recommended by WHO.

During the initial stage of trial operation, the minimum interval for Beijing Line S1’s trial operation is 5 minutes, and the actual maximum operating speed is 80 km/h. The volume is 160,000 passengers per day, 4.73 million passengers per month, and 56.85 million passengers per year. Up to now, it is the largest low-speed magnetic levitation transport line around the world.