Hoping to use the 430kph (270mph) MagLev “train” from Shanghai to PuDong Airport tomorrow.
A somewhat eastern philosophical engineering review here about “being able to run with the wind”.
At 50RMB it’s one eighth the taxi-fare and at 8 minutes it’s under one fifth the travel time too. Scary to think of travelling at that speed only mm from the massive concrete rail, but impressive to see it whizz silently past the freeway traffic on the way here.
Thinking of Prof Eric Laithwaite demonstrating the principles all those years ago at Imperial College, and is my memory playing tricks or were they even earlier black-and-white TV editions of Tomorrow’s World with Raymond Baxter and Michael Rodd ? [James Burke actually.] The principles were first demonstrated by Germans pre-WW2.
[Post note : my flight out left too early, before the MagLev started operating, so I missed out. Ah well, next time.]