Monday, December 3, 2007
With American roads teaming with cars and soars gas prices plaguing the daily life of every commuter across the land, the solutions for the future may be already at our technological finger tips. The new steel-wheel and maglev lines that transport millions of people in both Europe and Japan are now being looked at for American future production. The trains do not run like the conventional diesel or electric-powered trains of the past. The trains are built so that the motor is effectively embedded in the track. This allows the tracks to create a traveling magnetic field beneath the train, which lifts the cars and propels them at 300-plus mph. The train’s on-board systems are powered by generation from the track themselves.