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    West Germany has unveiled its new high-speed train -- a 300-mile-per-hour (500 kilometres per hour) vehicle based on linear magnetic propulsion, designed to become a half-way measure between conventional land travel and aircraft.

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    West Germany has unveiled its new high-speed train -- a 300-mile-per-hour (500 kilometres per hour) vehicle based on linear magnetic propulsion, designed to become a half-way measure between conventional land travel and aircraft.

    SYNOPSIS: Two major West German companies -- Siemans and Telefunken -- have been developing the new train with government funds. One of the project engineers spoke about its principles.

    The unveiling of the West German train -- widely considered acceptable to environmentalists because it has very low noise and almost zero emission levels like conventional diesel trains -- follows a similar system which was put on show in Japan earlier this year. But the German system will be able to travel at much higher speeds, according to tests carried out in both countries. Japan's is designed to travel at some 180 miles per hour (290 kilometres per hour) -- not much more than half the German train's speed. But both systems operate on the same principle -- a magnetic field between train and rails, which separates the moving train form the tracks by a thin layer of air.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADF2KGTLF7301KQ5RLV6T2OA78
    Media URN:
    VLVADF2KGTLF7301KQ5RLV6T2OA78
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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