Construction of China’s “sky train” tests have been successfully completed on a test track, mainland media reports.
The train will be able to travel at speeds of up to about 60km/h, which is similar to the speed of normal subway trains. The lithium-battery-powered suspension railway line in Chengdu the news website Thepaper.cn reported.
It was powered by a lithium battery rather than the high-voltage electricity used by existing suspension railways in Germany and Japan.
The black and white train was tested along a 1.4km route at Zhongtang’s test site, which is not open to the public Each suspension railway carriage, is capable of carrying up to 230 people.
Journalists travelling on the suspension train’s test track found the ride was smooth, with only moderate shaking during the 1.4km journey, the report said.
Zhongtang Skytrain Group, a newly registered company that has developed the suspension railway, said Chengdu was planning two different routes for its suspension trains.
One route will travel to the city’s tourist attractions, with construction work starting next year. The other line, stretching 20km, will run from Shuangliu Airport to the centre of Shuangliu county.
Zhai Wanming, the engineer, said the train was safe to use and occupied little space. Its construction costs per kilometre were between one-eighth and one-fifth of the cost of building a normal subway railway.