In 1985 endurance tests will commence with the maglev system Transrapid on the Transrapid test facility in Emsland. The purpose of these tests is to qualify the maglev system for public transportation thus making it ready for application. It is planned to complete these tests at the end of the eighties. Since long planning periods are generally required for the implementation of a new transportation system endeavours are being made to introduce the maglev system at the earliest possible stage into planning processes wherever in the medium or long term either the replacement of an existing track-guided system by a more efficient one or the introduction of a complete new system is considered. Taking into account that rail transport will only be able to compete effectively with the automobile and the aircraft when increasing its travelling speeds, the maglev system with its special criteria of high maximum speed is the most recommendable solution in all such cases where operation with speeds of 400 km/h and more over long distances of more than 250 km are desirable. Medium distance ranges between 50 and 200 km with speeds of 300 km/h are also recommendable for maglev application. In the short distance range covering distances between 30 to 50 km without intermediate stops the maglev system is able to link efficiently airports with city centers. It goes without saying that the application of maglev systems abroad will only be possible similar to the practice applied when purchasing conventional railway material after it has successfully proven its applicability in revenue operation in its country of origin. Therefore in order to prepare in the long range the application of the maglev system Transrapid in the Federal Republic of Germany and in western Europe (Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam-Cologne) corresponding studies are being made. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Accession Number: 00457241
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 10:01PM