CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles has announced the completion of the initial trials of China's first high-temperature superconducting maglev system.

The operating trials have verified the performance of core system technologies, including the maglev vehicle, guideway, traction power supply system and operational communications systems.

CRRC Changchun has also tested superconductors, the induction power supply system and low-temperature refrigeration of the maglev guideway.

Test operations of the system, which has a maximum speed of 600km/h, have been conducted in a low-vacuum tube.

Mr Yu Qingsong, deputy general engineer at CRRC Changchun, says that maglev will be an important solution for building high-speed transport systems to connect the mega cities of China’s developed coastal regions.

It will also provide vital support to urban development while diversifying the national transport networks, he says.

CRRC Changchun began work on researching and developing maglev in the 1990s. Its maglev system with a maximum speed of 120km/h began operating as a tourist attraction in the city of Qingyuan in Guangdong province on March 24.

The rolling stock manufacturer also supplied maglev technology for the line that opened as part of the Shanghai Metro in 2002.