• Short Summary

    SPECTATORS MAY SPEED TO THE 1968 WINTER OLYMPICS AT GRENOBLE IN FRANCE'S FIRST AERO-TRAIN - A MONO-RAIL TRAIN WHICH HAS JUST BEGUN TESTS NEAR PARIS.

  • Description

    SPECTATORS MAY SPEED TO THE 1968 WINTER OLYMPICS AT GRENOBLE IN FRANCE'S FIRST AERO-TRAIN - A MONO-RAIL TRAIN WHICH HAS JUST BEGUN TESTS NEAR PARIS. THE PROTOTYPE HAS ALREADY REACHED SPEEDS OF ALMOST 140 K.P.H. (85 M.P.H.) AND IS EXPECTED TO REACH 200 K.P.H. (145 M.P.H.) IN TRIALS WHICH WILL CONTINUE ALL THIS YEAR.

    THE SLEEK PROTOTYPE LOOKS LIKE AN AIRCRAFT WITHOUT WINGS. IT HAS PROPELLER AT THE REAR AND IS DRIVEN BY A 250 HORSEPOWER AIRCRAFT ENGINE. IT RIDES ON A CUSHION OF AIR ABOUT EIGHT INCHES (20 CENTIMETRES) ABOVE A CONCRETE GUIDING RAIL.

    IF THE TRIALS ARE A SUCCESS AND THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT APPROVES THE PROJECT, THE FIRST REGULAR AERO-TRAIN SERVICE WILL PROBABLY RUN BETWEEN LYONS IN CENTRAL FRANCE AND GRENOBLE IN THE ALPS. THE TRAIN WOULD DO THE 87 KILOMETRE (54 MILE) TRIP IN 25 MINUTES AT THE MOST.

    THE EXPERIMENTAL COACH HAS ROOM FOR FOUR PASSENGERS, TWO FACING FORWARD AND TWO RIDING BACKWARDS. THEY TRAVEL WITH A CONDUCTOR AND AN ENGINEER. INQUIRIES ABOUT THE AERO-TRAIN HAVE ALREADY COME FROM 12 COUNTRIES INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, MEXICO, ISRAEL, GERMANY AND SOUTH AFRICA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF4XZLPICYOYQ0XIS6HAYV0H4B
    Media URN:
    VLVAF4XZLPICYOYQ0XIS6HAYV0H4B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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