Trains & trams now & in the future: a selection, including Russia’s new ‘Bat Tram’. Links are contained within the post.

A maglev train coming out, Pudong International Airport, Shanghai.jpg

Shanghai Maglev Demonstration Operation Line is a magnetic levitation train or maglev line.  The first commercially operated high speed magnetic levitation line in the world.goes  at 431 km/h / http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/MagShang.html  /

The Floating train, also powered by magnets (maglev), will travel 170 kph faster than current bullet trains (about 500 kph). It will run between Tokyo and Osaka, an estimated distance of 315 miles, cost $64 billion, and be completed by 2045  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30067889  /

The Nova Iguaçu airmobile project, Brazil – Aeromovel light rail vehicle design developed by engineer Fernando MacDowell:  https://portoimagem.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/o-projeto-do-aeromovel-de-nova-iguacu/ /

Skytran:  one of a number of personal rapid transit system, first proposed by inventor Douglas Malevicki in 1990, and under development by Unimodal – lightweight two-passenger vehicles suspended from elevated passive magnetic levitation tracks is expected to achieve the equivalent of over 200 miles per US gallon (240 mpg-imp; 1.2 L/100 km) fuel economy at 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) or faster  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkyTran  /

Russia’s new ‘Bat Tram’ exhibited in 2014   http://www.smartrailworld.com/next-generation-tram-launched-in-russia  /

A couple of nice looking trams, both working in France: the Bourdeaux tram /

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and the Alstom Citadis, Tours Tram, France /

A taste of the future & one of the many concepts:  Hyperloop is the conceptual high-speed transportation system put forward by entrepreneur Elon Musk, incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion that is driven by a combination of linear induction motors and air compressors.  The conceptual route runs from the Los Angeles region to the San Francisco Bay area, at an average speed of around 598 mph (962 km/h), with a top speed of 760 mph (1,220 k). The system, according to Musk, would “never crash, be immune to weather, go twice as fast as an airplane, four times as fast as a bullet train, and run completely on solar power”

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