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Meet the 89-Year-Old Reinventing the Train in His Backyard

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 11:28 AM

Well, it doesn't chug so much as whoosh because this train—actually, a one-sixth scale train—doesn't rely upon a diesel engine or electricity to get around. It uses vacuum power and heavy duty magnets.



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 02:46 PM

Cool stuff.


It would take a bit to install such a system on the rail system we have now though.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:59 PM

It would seem to me that a simple mag-lev system would be more efficient than the added step of the vacuum thrust tubel.....


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 12:06 PM

How does the system work for switching tracks, junctions, crossovers, etc?  

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