Hover Train development effort announced in the Netherlands
This is a Google translation of a newspaper article in Dutch - unedited, March 31, 2017
AMSTERDAM end of next year, the NS probably perform test runs with a high-speed hovercraft train. Which should dramatically shorten the travel time between Amsterdam and Utrecht.
The so-called Atrain design (A is for Air) yesterday on the track scholarship Rail Tech Europe presented in Utrecht, reports De Telegraaf. According to Professor Rolf Dollevoet laboratory tests are successful on the scale of the TU Delft, which means that the train may be tested in practice.
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When the train started, then a ride from Amsterdam to Utrecht takes only ten minutes. Now that's another 25 minutes. The train can clear a speed of 400 kilometers per hour. And it runs on solar energy, which is good for the environment.
Major changes to the track are not necessary for the high-speed train. Unlike magnetic trains do not replace the rails and overhead lines to be, but concrete air bearings can be hung from the existing rails. Conventional rail can continue to use the modified track.
The newspaper sees rail manager ProRail have seating plans.
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