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Anyone Been On A Maglev Yet?  
User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 988 times:

My dad got back from China and told me he went 270MPH on a Magnetic Levitation Train.

Anyone else been on one?

it must be amazing going so fast over land.

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User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 983 times:

yeah been on the transrapid prototype testing track, its a very nice ride!
it is a sad thing that this technology, already fully developed in the early 90ies, has not been built in germany due to certain interest groups. this is especially sad considering the high degree of efficiency this form of transportation has, compared to air transportation or road or classic railway.



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User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 972 times:

i think it lacks the character of classic railway though. but it certainly beats getting to and waiting at the airport for a 30 minute flight. It would also help preserve oil reserves if a lot of short haul flights were scrificed leaving more fuel for the long haul. And if they connected the airports to a maglev system they could still act as hubs!

User currently offlineDl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 960 times:
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roberta yeah, you are right about that, but the thing requires power from somewhere, and the one in China is a FRED (F*#$ing Ridiculous Economic Disaster) so far. the expense of building the thing will not be met until sometime in the NEXT century. I would like to see them made more affordable, soon.


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 951 times:

I have only been on those thingies at AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA and DUS which aren't exactly the fasted.



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 949 times:

What's wrong with the airport code hinting?


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 931 times:

Isn't the little train that goes between the S terminal and the S sattelite at LGW a Maglev ? If it is, then I've been on one - oooh talk about a thrill ride !

User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 911 times:

Yes, it's almost as awesome as flying, almost... The Transrapid testtrain reached 403 km/h (252mph) on my ride.
Unfortunately nobody wants this technology due to the high initial costs.

but the thing requires power from somewhere - Sure, but it needs clearly less power than a conventional high speed train.

pelican



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