Maglev Test Track

Between the cities of Lathen and Dörpen, Germany, lies the Emsland Transrapid Test Facility – a 31.5 km long elevated track built to test trains propelled by magnetic levitation – a form of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles using electromagnets to keep them floating just above the tracks. The trains developed here have only been put into commercial operation once, between Pudong International Airport and Shanghai, but they’ve achieved speeds in excess of 500 km/h during testing, and in normal operation have a maximum speed of 431 km/h (268 mph). The test track consists of two…

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