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Re: Magnetic pull: China and Japan battle it out for maglev train supremacy

Posted by zac on Fri Jul 31 17:25:37 2020, in response to Magnetic pull: China and Japan battle it out for maglev train supremacy, posted by TransitChuckG on Fri Jul 31 15:21:58 2020.

I read that article and it made it sound like the maglev was operating on a long rail line in China. It is actually one short line between Shanghai and its airport. It doesn't even go all the way into the central business district of Shanghai, you need to take the metro the rest of the way.

Last summer I was in Shanghai and myself and two colleagues were catching the same flight home and I wanted to take the maglev. They were dead set against it and decided to take a taxi or car or whatever they called. I had to walk from the hotel to the metro, just 3 short blocks but had to cross the main street. I took the metro on a longer trip than I thought it would be, as we were on one side of Shanghai at W Nanjing Road and the maglev station was on the other at Longyang. Then I'd just missed the maglev and had to wait for the next one, 15 minutes i think. I still beat them to the airport. You barely can feel it moving but I clocked it at 269mph.

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Shanghai is a huge city. When we got back on the flight NYC looked small by comparison.

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