1 April 2008

bye, bye Transrapid

Munich doesn't want you any more / Hamburg-Berlin didn't want you / Rhein-Rhur didn't want you.
Maybe you'll get another chance as a means of Urban Transport. Or maybe, levitation is just a bad idea and we'll only retain the linear motor, as in SkyTrain or the Japanese Subway. Linear motors make for smaller trains and small makes for efficient!

PS: I just learned that the commercial Canadian and Japanese transit systems have the active part of their linear motor in the train (like JR-Maglev), while only the German Railcab (an academic prototype) has completely passive vehicles and the power is in the track (like Transrapid).

Deutsche Version der obigen Links: M-Bahn, SkyTrain, Linearmotor, Railcab


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