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Brief Published: 10 Dec 2019

Airplane-Speed Train To Enable Intercontinental Travel


As the air-shaming movement finds global resonance, other lower-carbon-impact modes of transport, like train travel, are becoming more desirable. To this end, global design consultancy Manyone has conceptualised a train line dubbed the AeroSlider that would enable individuals to travel at 500mph – as fast as an average airplane.

While the design solution is still being developed, as it stands, the elevated train would traverse through a series of magnetic loop pylons, driving the machine forward much like a bullet, as opposed to running on a track. The loops speed up the train sequentially, meaning that the vehicle would need to be aerodynamic and able to respond to magnetic forces, explains design website Fast Company.

The pylons used to direct the train would be elliptical, allowing for a degree of left-right movement. This would enable the vehicle’s body to move in an arc if needed as it heads towards its destination, with the proposed route running between Africa, Europe and Asia.

As explored in Tomorrow’s Wandering Workers, this type of efficient transport system would be extremely useful to individuals who prefer a remote or nomadic lifestyle, as well as those that need to periodically travel for family and career purposes. It also chimes with individuals wanting to live outside of city centres, as covered in Beyond City Limits: Post-Urban Millennials.

For a deeper look at the intersection of sustainability and travel, see Ethical Travel’s Mainstream Breakthrough. See also KLM Encourages Passengers to Fly Less and What Will the Train of the Future Look Like?