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Allegro high-speed train has got its millionth passenger

September 18, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Trains

Allegro High-Speed Train Photo courtesy of Alstom

Allegro High-Speed Train
Photo courtesy of Alstom

RZD press office announced that they had sold a millionth ticket for Allegro, a high-speed train by Alstom running between St. Petersburg and Helsinki. The ride is planned for the 20th September, 2013.

Allegro did its first ride from Helsinki to St. Petersburg on the 12 December 2010. With a commercial speed of 220 km per hour, the trains link Helsinki to St Petersburg in three and a half hours compared to five and a half hours previously. As Allegro made the two cities with deep historical, business and cultural ties become really closer, it was a big success straight away.

Allegro sets a new level of passenger comfort. It has 342 seats and is suited for disabled people. The 1st and 2nd class cars are equipped with adjustable arm-chairs, folding tables, pockets for newspapers and magazines, foot rests and electric sockets for computers and mobile phones.

Allegro’s tilting technologies allow it to significantly increase the speed at the curves, preserving the safety and comfort at the same time.

Depending on the intended commercial speed, Allegro could be offered for the Russian high-speed line project.

This article is a repost, credit: Alstom.

Hyperloop Elon Musk California Governor Brown And ET3 Daryl Oster

July 23, 2013 in Environment, ET3, EV News, Hyperloop, Tesla

Image courtesy of Federal Railroad Administration

Image courtesy of Federal Railroad Administration

Tesla CEO Elon Musk does not like the California high-speed rail plan, and he is not alone.  Mr. Musk sees the rail plan between San Francisco and Los Angeles as expensive and outmoded.  In short, there have been a variety of expensive estimates for the project, some as high as 100 billion, and the train technology that is planned is slow by modern standards, max speed of 220 mph.

In Japan, a maglev train was tested recently at speeds of 310 mph.  Maglev is short for magnetic levitation (portmanteau).  Yes, maglev trains levitate which eliminates rail friction, enhancing the speed and comfort of the ride.  This technology holds tremendous promise.  (With maglev trains, you still experience air resistance, which has many thinking that there is one more step yet to go, airless maglev transport tubes.)

California Governor Brown may be in the hot seat in the coming days and months if he continues down the high-speed rail track, because Americans have a proud moon-shot history.  Governor Brown is a good man.  He is not a static politician.  It is certainly within his personality to recognize a project with moon-shot potential.

Mr. Musk plans to reveal an earthly design for this new transport science.  Mr. Musk tweeted July 15: “Will publish Hyperloop alpha design by Aug 12.  Critical feedback for improvements would be much appreciated.”

Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies (ET3) CEO Daryl Oster has been researching airless maglev tube transport for many years now.  In a phone interview yesterday, he said that he thought he could organize investors for a test project, but he was not set on a location.  Mr. Oster sees this transport technology as world changing, a leap forward for humankind.  Read this report on ET3 (courtesy of Daryl Oster):

Watch this great video, Daryl Oster at ideaCity:

Video courtesy of Zoomer Media:

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