30 Sep '16, 2pm

Mind the drop: It hangs from the track, runs on lithium batteries – and looks like a panda https://t.co/GjTg3vsx27

Mind the drop: It hangs from the track, runs on lithium batteries – and looks like a panda https://t.co/GjTg3vsx27

CHENGDU: China's first suspension railway line finished a 300-metre test run in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwest China on Friday (Sep 30). According to Xinhua.com, the train, which is powered by a lithium battery, has a speed of 60 kilometres per hour and will have a load capacity of 120 passengers per carriage. Suspension railways consist of an elevated monorail which is suspended from a fixed track. Zhai Wanming, chief designer of the project from Southwest Jiaotong University, said that future test runs will expand the length of track to 1.2 kilometres, and will test other manoeuvres such as turning, climbing, and charging at stations. "The test runs will continue for tens of thousands of kilometres to check performance capabilities before official operation," he told Xinhua.com. He added that the suspension railway is cheaper than an underground ra...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-f...

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