• Short Summary

    Someday commuters may be riding on a magnetic "highway" in cars without wheels.

    Every student learns?

  • Description

    Someday commuters may be riding on a magnetic "highway" in cars without wheels.

    Every student learns that magnets of like polarity repel one another.

    Westinghouse Electric Corporation engineers propose this same principle to "float" a transit car above a track of permanent ceramic magnets.

    Magnets built into the car and track support the vehicle and eliminate the usual friction between rolling wheels and iron rails.

    As shown in this demonstration vehicle, the slightest push would send the car along on its nearly frictionless journey.

    In a full-scale system the car would travel at speeds above 150 miles an hour. A linear electric motor, opened up and laid flat above the magnetic track, would drive it.

    Thus, the entire system would do away with turning wheels and other rotating apparatus.

    The magnetic "highway" is typical of the new concepts being explored to make the mass movement of people faster, safer and more comfortable and convenient.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8EZ7LAXM61YHUVPA3G99ZH1H
    Media URN:
    VLVA8EZ7LAXM61YHUVPA3G99ZH1H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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