Posted by: travelrat | July 10, 2015



Shanghai: 22nd May 2014.

I’m wondering if I can add the MAGLEV ride to my rail experiences, because, strictly speaking, it isn’t a railway, because it doesn’t run on rails!

The ‘track’ is simply a strip of concrete, above which, with the aid of the magnets within, the train rides on a cushion of air, like a hovercraft. And, the magnets are built into the track; there’s no power unit at all within the train.

As we whooshed along at speeds more like an airliner, I did some calculations and thought … Why are we even taking about HS2 which, if it even goes ahead, will shave less than an hour off the trip from London to Birmingham? Whereas, if we had a MAGLEV, you could travel from London to Edinburgh in just over an hour.

OK, you could do it today, if you flew. But, when you factor in the time getting to the airport, checking in, and the hassle getting off the aircraft at the other end, then travelling into the city, you’ll see it’s a real time-saver.

Maybe they could even levitate it on a cushion of the hot air generated by discussions on HS2!!

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