ADVANCED GROUND TRANSPORT ON THE MOVE AGAIN?

Two recent developments in this field are briefly reported, both using single-sided linear motors for propulsion. In Canada, a contract with Canadair is reported to complete the development of an intermediate capacity transit system (ICTS) with two-car units running on steel wheels, and without magnetic suspension. The Toronto firm of spar are to provide the propulsion system which includes a self-steering bogey and wheel assembly for the car, and provision is made for fully automatic control. A test track facility about 2 km long is to be built at Kingston, Ontario. In Japan, Japanese Air Lines (JAL) have accepted responsibility for the provision of a rapid transit link between Tokyo and the new international airport 40 miles away at Narita. A prototype vehicle is described as being in the building phase. It is expected to reach 125 mile/h, and financial support is being sought for the construction of A $600 million track and system. The final vehicle is envisaged as 72 ft long, 12 ft wide and 10 ft high to carry 112 passengers at 190 mile/h, riding on a magnetic cushion produced by 8 electromagnets. /TRRL/

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  • Publication Date: 1977-1-13

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 80
  • Serial:
    • NEW SCIENTIST
    • Volume: 73
    • Issue Number: 1034
    • Publisher: REED BUSINESS INFORMATION LTD
    • ISSN: 0262-4079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00157903
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1982 12:00AM