Flawed Battery likely cause of Shanghai Maglev fire
Updated: 2006-08-21 10:31
A faulty onboard storage battery has been identified as the possible cause of
the fire that broke out on Shanghai's magnetic levitation (maglev) train on
Firefighters attempt to
extinguish a fire in a compartment of the maglev train near the Longyang Lu
terminal in Shanghai August 11, 2006. The fire was extinguished an hour later,
and no deaths or injuries were reported. All passengers were evacuated
immediately. The maglev rail line, connecting the Pudong International Airport
to the Line 2 subway, began operation on December 31, 2002. [Xinhua]
Investigations conducted by Chinese and German technical experts show that
the mainframe and parts of the carriage damaged by the fire were "basically in
good condition," according to a spokesman with the Shanghai Maglev
Transportation Development Company (SMTDC), the train operator.
"The experts are now casting their doubts on the faults of the on-board
storage battery," he said.
The maglev was driven away on Thursday evening from an emergency stop on the
track about one kilometer away from the Longyang Road Station where it was
The German-made maglev train caught fire at about 3 p.m. on August 11, but no
one was hurt.
Smoke started rising out of the second carriage as the train was leaving the
station bound for Pudong International Airport. Firefighters were mobilized and
As the fire did not cause any serious damage, the continued operation of the
other maglev trains has been smooth, Xia said.
Experts from German company Transrapid International (TRI), the technical
provider of the Shanghai maglev train, joined their Chinese counterparts in
investigations into the cause of the fire.
The maglev went into operation on December 31, 2002. The maglev line is 30