A model of a suspension railway featuring transparent hanging trains was displayed at the 2014 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai on Tuesday, eastday.com reported.
A few unnamed districts in Shanghai are now ‘studying the feasibility of the trains,’ which, if approved, could bolster the city’s tourism by connecting central business districts, ECNS says.
The railway is an automatic suspended monorail system driven by electricity, according to an unnamed director with Shanghai Air Rail Technology Co Ltd. Suspended from a fixed track and 5 meters from the ground, the train can provide an alternative to the traffic gridlock that clogs streets, he said.
It runs at 50 kilometers per hour, he added, and it produces no exhaust and little noise pollution.
Construction of one kilometer of the suspended monorail costs about 12 million yuan to build, one fifth of the current subway rail.
The concept looks interesting/frightening enough, but seems like a lot of talk right now. We’ve been led on by promises of suspended monorail trains back in 2013 but the city’s remained relatively mum on the subject ever since.