The first Chinese middle-low speed magnetic levitation (maglev) railway train is to go on trial before the end of the year, Chinese authorities have said.
The 18.5 km track links the south railway station with Huanghua airport in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province. The track allows maglev trains to run at a maximum speed of 100 km per hour, according to the Peoples Daily newspaper.
Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. Ltd.in Hunan province, began construction of these trains in May 2014 at a cost of 3.5 billion yuan (565 million US dollars). In terms of cost, so far 82 percent of total investment has been used.
The company in a statement claimed its maglev trains are safer, quieter, and have a smaller turning radius, making them more environmental friendly.
The world's first commercial maglev system operates on a 30-km stretch betweendowntown Shanghai and the city's Pudong airport. The German-made maglev went intooperation on Dec. 31, 2002.