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Thursday, 1 December 2011

How to board a non-stop train while it's moving

 


Do you always struggle to reach the platform in time when catching a train? Then how about a platform which comes to your house before catching up with a non-stop high-speed locomotive?


That's the idea behind Moving Platforms, a transport concept dreamt up Paul Priestman, director of British design group Priestmangoode.


The high-speed train would run non-stop between two ends of a continent, such as from Los Angeles to New York, never actually entering cities or towns. Instead, a network of trams would carry passengers out of the city to a line outside.


Jump on board a moving train


Artist's depiction of the local tram and non-stop high speed train docking to allow passengers to transfer from one train to another. 


"You could get onto a tram on your street and then seamlessly travel from that onto the high-speed line and then get off at your destination in another city, then onto a tram and then end up at your destination without ever having gone in your car or perhaps got on a bus," Priestman told CNN.


The tram would speed up while the train slowed down, allowing the two to safely dock for the same time a train would normally spend sitting in a station. Passengers could also use trams to transfer from one high-speed train to another.


But while the idea sounds innovative - New Scientist first featured it in an article in 1969.


Artist's depiction of the docking system viewed from the inside of the local tram (The idea echoes a similar scheme created by Taiwanese inventor Peng Yu-lun in 2007. Yu-lun's concept keeps regular platforms, but passengers use them to board a small shuttle that attaches to the roof of a high-speed train.

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