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Video of the Week: China's first Skytrain.

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on Dec 2, 2016

Forget high-speed rail this week, China haChengdu's first trailled Skytrainve just trialled their first Skytrain in Chengdu last month. With plans to implement the trains next year, they will be powered by lithium batteries making them the first battery powered suspended train in the world. The new infrastructure will travel at a maximum speed of 60km/h. Each train consists of two carriages with the ability to transport around 100 passengers. The vehicle hangs eight metres above the ground and has been tested along a 1.4km track. China's effective use of technology means that it is expected to cost a fifth of other underground metros across the world. Two routes are scheduled to be built - one in the heart of the city so that commuters can travel with ease. And an additional SkyLine is planned to stretch over 20km from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to the middle of Shuangliu county. Its expected completion date is later next year.

In this week's video you can watch the Skytrain in action on its first trial run last month in Chengdu.


SmartRail World will bring this new video feature to you every Friday! We will present an array of interesting, bizarre and informative videos for your entertainment. If you come across a video that you would like to share on our website then please send your suggestions to

Last week's Video of the Week can be viewed here: China's High-Speed Rail Production Line

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Emily O'Dowd

Written by Emily O'Dowd

On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing.

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