The Emsland test facility in West Germany has already been the site for operation of a pair of vehicles at speeds to 186 mph using magnetic levitation. Extension of the present 14.6-mile test track will soon provide two loops and a 7. 4-mile tangent for testing. Construction costs for the elevated structure are said to be comparable to railroad or highway building. Details of the propulsion and levitation system are given. The Transrapid project is a research and development activity of the West German government, German Federal Railway, Lufthansa and a consortium of German manufacturers. Transrapid is seen as fitted for 3 markets: (1) High-speed intercity travel for distances over 250 km at 400 kph; (2) medium distance ranges of 50 to 200 km at 300 kph, and (3) short distances of 30 to 50 km at lower speeds to efficiently link airports with center cities. Tests and demonstrations have shown satisfactory energy consumption, ride quality and reliability.

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  • Accession Number: 00451114
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM