Came across this on you tube about a mad lev application using a toy train. possible alternative to Super Streets?  Not so sure about handling the liquid nitrogen but looks interesting. take a look its a short video and if anything interesting

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5el1A5B-h3Q

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That company (Or was it a school?) has a series of videos with various mag lev "trains" covering different ideas concerning them. "Cool" stuff

 

I still liked Dale M.'s Manco trains with super magnetic upside down running better

Try a YT search for "upside down shelf layout" or even "Manco" if you haven't seen it before. I think they are still there too. 

 

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Just to skew the subject a bit here, I have always felt that "mag-lev", except -possibly- in some passenger applications, is one of the dumbest ideas to come along in a while. I have actually seen "experts" recommend that we use it to haul coal. Haul coal! Take who knows how many squillion megawatts (by burning coal?) to lift freight when perfectly good flanged steel wheels do it, by comparison, practically free. (If you're gonna burn all that extra coal, I can think of a type of railroad machine that burns coal, and is much more interesting doing it.)

 

Anyway, in most applications, I consign "mag-lev" to the same technological silliness as the flying automobile.

Really? Cars falling from the sky after a fender-bender? This is a rational idea? Like jet-packs?

 

Now back to your regularly scheduled broadcast. 

Originally Posted by D500:

Just to skew the subject a bit here, I have always felt that "mag-lev", except -possibly- in some passenger applications, is one of the dumbest ideas to come along in a while. I have actually seen "experts" recommend that we use it to haul coal. Haul coal! Take who knows how many squillion megawatts (by burning coal?) to lift freight when perfectly good flanged steel wheels do it, by comparison, practically free. (If you're gonna burn all that extra coal, I can think of a type of railroad machine that burns coal, and is much more interesting doing it.)

 

Anyway, in most applications, I consign "mag-lev" to the same technological silliness as the flying automobile.

Really? Cars falling from the sky after a fender-bender? This is a rational idea? Like jet-packs?

 

Now back to your regularly scheduled broadcast. 

Exactly.  Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

we are just not far enough technically to maintain the Nitrogen in a liquid state by an electrical current under the train to levitate it. the Nitrogen cools and the magnetic properties fail to gravity.

 

cancellation of gravity, now that would be a way to flying cars!

AlanHN

Originally Posted by Passenger Train Collector:

I saw this demonstration some time ago. Interesting, but that's about it.

Yes interesting and not practical. I would not want to use liquid nitrogen as it can be dangerous to use unless you have protective equipment and it must be stored properly. Storage life of liquid nitrogen is very limited too.

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Its an interesting technology likely to be advanced faster with use.

 If you would look deep into the production aspects, beginning to end life, carbon footprints of hybrids and electric cars, you would find they are not the answer....yet. 

 But without more regular use, we will wait much longer for that technology to advance to the point it does work out for the best. (and we are very close). My "source" is an engineer that does design on these types of drivetrains. His personal environmental chose is still gasoline, but we don't have LA smog. In Cali. he drives a hybrid or electric. 

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