Can These 820 Feet-Long Railless Trains Dethrone Air Travel?

Imagine a three football fields-long train going at 500 mph!
Loukia Papadopoulos

Imagine a train network between the major cities of Africa, Asia, and Europe, now make it railless. Hybrid strategic design consultancy Manyone has crafted a new train system that in their words is "more efficient, more comfortable and more sustainable" than all forms of traditional travel. The new system is called the AeroSlider and the whole thing looks like something from a science-fiction movie.

Floating in the air

Perhaps the most notable feature about the novel trains is that it requires no tracks, instead, it floats in the air through a series of 59 feet (18 meters) high magnetized loops. The train uses these loops to propel itself at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour (804 kilometers per hour).

And as you might know, is roughly an airplane's average cruising speed which means that this train would offer the same speedy journeys. Manyone describes their invention as "a terrestrial yet rail-less passenger system connecting the most populous cities on the European, African and Asian continents."

Furthermore, Manyone claims the system can be "powered by localized energy sources" and has in place a system to reduce the train's energy demands. "The incorporation of helium reservoirs within the capsule reduces the effective weight by about 10%, reducing the energy necessary for its propulsion," according to the firm's website.

Ideal for long travels

Manyone has envisioned the AeroSlider to be ideal for long travels. The train is equipped with a "running track, open plaza area, restaurant, bars, gyms and multi-purpose rooms which can accommodate meetings and work when commuting."

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In addition, the AeroSlider passenger cars are massive with a length of 820 feet (250 meters), offering ultimate comfort for those on board.

If it works, the system could be a good contender against Elon Musk's and Richard Branson's respective Hyperloop projects. So far, Musk's train system has "only" achieved speeds of 200 mph (324 km/h) using extra small cars and is set to reach 760 mph (1,223 km/h) once fully operational. Branson's Hyperloop, on the other hand, has made a successful crewed test at 100 mph (160 km/h) and once complete, it's expected to reach 600 mph (965 km/h). 

Still, for now, AeroSlider remains nothing more than a concept, but an exciting one nonetheless.

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