‘Sky train’ poised to launch in Wuhan by year’s end

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  • Friday, 21 Jun 2019

Test drive: A sky train undergoing a trial run in Qingdao, Shandong province. — China Daily/Asia News Network

BEIJING: China Railway Science & Industry Group Corp (CRSIC) in Wuhan is developing a suspended monorail vehicle known as a “sky train”, which is expected to be in operation by the end of year, cnhubei.com reported.The report on Tuesday added that the train’s main body was almost complete.

Designed similarly to the subway train, the suspension train was built with each carriage to measure 11m long and 2.4m wide.

A one-kilometre railway line suspended 500m above the ground for trial operation was also under construction.

According to Wang Yinglin, director of CRSIC’s New Railway Research Institute, the train can travel at a maximum speed of up to 70 kph, making it the fastest of its kind in China.

Each train comprises three or five carriages and is capable of carrying up to 300 or 400 passengers respectively, with the total number of riders expected to reach 10,000 an hour.

“Compared with other railway transportations such as the underground subway, light rail or tram, the suspended railway occupies less space, has a wider view and is also easier to arrange.

“Along with its strong climbing capability, this makes it particularly well-suited for the outskirts of big cities, as well as medium-sized cities and tourist attractions with heavy traffic,” Wang said.

China is now the third country in the world to develop this kind of technology, after Germany and Japan.

A number of cities, including Leshan in Sichuan and Hanzhong in Shaanxi provinces, have put forward their plans to develop sky trains, while a suspension railway made by CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co Ltd began testing in 2017. — China Daily/Asia News Network

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