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#61 Eric S

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 11:49 AM

Ugh. I'd much rather this funding had been repurposed and put toward the BWI Marshall Airport rail station project, or some such project in the area rather than continuing to study this gadgetbahn.

 

Oh well.



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Posted 08 November 2015 - 12:59 PM

As they say - follow the money. See who are the contractors that get the money and what their connections are to the current political structure. Am I a cynic? Moi?



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Posted 17 November 2015 - 08:57 PM

Are we sure that maglev (and unicorns, for that matter) is completely outside FRA jurisdiction?


Also, the fist big maglev crash with mass casualties will ensure that the technology is regulated by either the FRA or some equivalent created for the purpose of regulating maglevs.

Me, I'm not sure I want to ride at ground level at 300+ mph.

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 07:28 AM

 

Are we sure that maglev (and unicorns, for that matter) is completely outside FRA jurisdiction?


Also, the fist big maglev crash with mass casualties will ensure that the technology is regulated by either the FRA or some equivalent created for the purpose of regulating maglevs.

Me, I'm not sure I want to ride at ground level at 300+ mph.

 

Why not? You fly at 500 mph, and when they go into the ground they don't normally have survivors.
At least at maglev altitude they hit the ground skidding like a sled, not straight in like a pile driver. Much safer.



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Posted 09 September 2016 - 09:53 PM

According to this article, sounds like studies are moving forward in part thanks to $2 million from Japan.
 

BALTIMORE The head of a private venture to build a high-speed magnetic-levitation train between Washington and Baltimore believes the project could break ground in as little as three to four years.


If it really started construction in three years that'd be pretty impressive! (Even then, how long until we could take a ride on one?)
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Posted 09 September 2016 - 11:25 PM

If you invest money in this you're the same kind of sucker that invested in the LA-Vegas Scam and in Donald Trump's Casino scams!
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Posted 21 September 2016 - 03:47 PM

I think I posted the same thing I am about to say now years ago in this thread. 

 

Maglev doesn't feel like the future. Since my first ride a few years ago I have returned to Shanghai and of course took another ride aboard the train. I still don't think its the future. In fact I would say the train in Shanghai isn't even holding up as well as I would imagine it should. Now granted the hype of the world expo is over and I'm sure the funding has been cut, but the last time I was the trains were filthy. It's also been years since its opening, and yet it remains the only usable example in the world. 

 

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Sorry I don't see this working in Japan or here. 

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 05:18 PM

Doesn't Maglev, as it exists now, have huge power draws?


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Posted 21 September 2016 - 05:43 PM

I'm not sure the Shanghai Maglev's cleanliness (or lack thereof) is a very convincing indictment of the technology. You're certainly going to kill a lot of bugs at the speed.



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Posted 21 September 2016 - 10:10 PM

Doesn't Maglev, as it exists now, have huge power draws?

 

Yes and thats why the train runs at a reduced speed almost all of the time. 

 

I'm not sure the Shanghai Maglev's cleanliness (or lack thereof) is a very convincing indictment of the technology. You're certainly going to kill a lot of bugs at the speed.

 

 

Yes I understand they will kill a lot of bugs running at high speeds. Thats not the sole indictment of the technology see Metra's post above. The power draw means the train only operates at peak speeds for a few hours each day. You have to plan your day around the schedule if you want to ride the train while it is operating as the fastest in the world. If this is the future it should be treated less like a novelty built to show off to the world. 


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 07:46 PM

Doesn't Maglev, as it exists now, have huge power draws?

 
Yes and thats why the train runs at a reduced speed almost all of the time.


We just need to iron out the kinks in making room temperature super conductors (and no, I don't mean a really nice guy collecting tickets onboard).
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