Maglev train operator Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) says one of its seven car trains hit a top speed of 603kph (375mph), and managed nearly 11 seconds at faster than 600kph. Continue reading… “Japanese maglev train hits 603kph in test run, sets record”
Evacuated Tube Transport Technology (ET3) is 50 times more efficient than rail
Evacuated Tube Transport Technology
Evacuated Tube Transport Technology is magnetically levitated capsules in vacuum tubes. Propulsion energy required is 100,000 times less than required by a car. ET3 will achieve 50 times more transportation per kWh (or ton of CO2) than electric cars or trains. The cost is ten times less. They calculate they can build an ET3 system for about $7 million per mile. (Videos)
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China expected to become a world leader in high speed rail while the U.S. stands by
A maglev train at the Pudong International Airport.
High-speed rail (HSR) will connect not only cities, states and countries in the future, but also far-reaching continents. In about 15 to 20 years from now, one could travel seamlessly from London, UK to Beijing, China and even have a detour within the Gulf countries using the global high-speed rail network. In the next 15 years, while UK would have built its new HSR2 that covers 332 kilometers, China will have completed over 25,631 kilometers of high speed track to seamlessly move people in its country.
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SkyTran – an on-demand levitating monorail
There are many people who advocate for public transportation but there are also those who are accustomed to being able to move about in an individual manner with cars. However, a futuristic on-demand 500m monorail test loop being built at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod, Israel combines the best of both worlds and might have you thinking differently about transit.
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A 4,000 mph underwater trans-atlantic train
Vacuum Tube Train
Despite a 5 hour time difference you could have lunch in Manhattan and still get to London in time for the theater with the help of a 4,000 mph magnetically levitated train.
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EOL – Levitating Mass Transit
EOL maglev train concept
Move over Metro. Introducing the EOL maglev train concept. Magnetic levitation replaces mechanical components to launch this aerodynamic choo-choo to speeds exceeding 480 kilometers per hour; all while you relax or work from the comfort of your personal business class cabin in absolute silence. (Pics)
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Trans-Atlantic Supersonic Maglev Vacuum Tube Train
Piece of cake. No serious engineering needed here
The idea is as wondrous as it is audacious: Get on a train at New York City’s Penn Station and hit Paris, London or Brussels just an hour later. “From an engineering point of view there are no serious stumbling blocks,” says Ernst Frankel, retired professor of ocean engineering at MIT.
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300mph Maglev Train from Disneyland to Vegas gets Government Funding
Proposed maglev train
Could a 300mph train from Disneyland to Las Vegas be on the way? A transportation bill just signed into law chips in $45 million to study the idea, which has a maglev (magnetic levitation) train similar to the Shanghai SMT in the picture above making the 260-mile run from fantasyland to sleazetown in just under two hours.
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