China continues to experiment with newer, faster and cooler ways of transporting its citizens with the country’s fastest suspended monorail starting up trial operations in Qingdao on Thursday.
Being built by railway giant, CRRC Qingdao Sifang, engineers have boasted that this kind of suspended train is cheaper, more environmentally-friendly and less time-consuming to build than traditional subway trains, describing it as the perfect public transportation option for scenic areas and mountainous regions, not to mention sprawling cities. (We’re still waiting for that monorail!)
Running five meters above the ground, the train has a max speed of 70 kilometers per hour and can carry up to 510 passengers in five carriages.
While the technology for suspended monorails has been around for more than a century, very few places in the world have them. Last September, China became just the third country in the world to “master” this kind of technology — after Germany and Japan — when its first “sky train” rolled off the assembly line in Nanjing.
Then, only a few months later, China’s first suspended railway was rolling into operation in Chengdu — panda style.
But, while they may be cute, those trains could only go 60 kilometers per hour.
[Images via Xinhua]
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