Category: High-Speed Trains


An easy way to travel and connect oneself with the whole city is through trams. Small and convenient, a tram is like a bus on road. To make trips around the city easy, a new concept in trams called the Alstom Loop train-tram is here.

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Concorde, the Spitfire, Rolls Royce and the Routemaster bus successfully established Britain as a champion in the 20th century global design marketplace. British designers Priestmangoode have conceptualized a bullet train which they believe could be the British design icon of 21st century.

Mercury the new high speed train is all things modern, luxurious, exciting and stylish. The concept train according to its designer’s best represents the future of Britain as low-carbon, sustainable transport of the future. Designed to fly the flag of British transportation industry, the 400 meter-long, double-decker train would travel at 225 mph and have one of the longest nose sections in the world train.

It incorporates a flexible, open plan design, which guarantees privacy while allowing interaction and relaxation. The train features comfortable commuter seats with integrated entertainment systems. It has also has private berths, a children’s play area along with a luxury lounge and bar.

The increasingly cramped out roads in modern cities resulting from the rising number of vehicles has forced people to adopt other means of transportation that are not only safer to travel in but also help them reach their destination at a considerable speed. As a result, high speed trains come as a solution and are becoming popular with each passing day. China is also one of the countries facing the overcrowded roads and has already made a nice effort to get rid of it with CRH2-380A which has already broken the record of unmodified train with a speed of 486KPH. But Chinese are not to settle with this much and the next generation of high speed trains – with a speed of 500km/h – is under development. So, Gary Gu’s CRH-X Cobra Concept train is a design proposal for Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd, Tsinghua University and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The inspiration for the design comes from the shape of a cobra; hence the name, CRH-X Cobra.

One of the best ways to decrease the use of foreign oil is to pull of cars from the highway and have people use modes of mass-transit instead. Giving commuters a better alternative to driving down to work everyday in their gas-guzzling cars could sure help save the environment from all that burning fuel. Here’s an innovation, a marvel rather, on wheels that could help do the job. The United States might finally have its own high-speed rail service, connecting Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston if Amtrak’s plans go well. Costing around $117 billion, Amtrak has already requested some $2.5 billion from Congress for 2011. $8 billion from Obama and the rest from private investors might just have this rail system on track. To be completed by 2040, the new railway could take just 84 minutes for a trip to Boston from New York City, unlike the 2.5 hours it takes by the current trains and the 4 hours by road.

This sure is an environmentally sustainable travel option as compared to driving down frequently and burning fuel. It’s cheaper too and should attract a load of commuters who decide to leave their cars home

It’s quite often that we bear witness to transport systems being run into the ground, dust covered, dirt covered, rust and paint chips breaking away until dead. Not often do we see a system that flourishes in nature, it’s very environment becoming one with the natural world. That’s what’s going on here, in “People Mover,” a concept to reality in Bologna. This entire system is made up of 5084 meters of track, a monorail with two terminals. The entire route is laid next to a walkway both for easy access at every stop and as emergency exit space.

Photovoltaic panels and green areas are included, it’s design allowing both the panels and overgrowth for maximum allowance of nature to run its course despite the modern technology. At the entrance to Bologna is a bridge called “The Link,” a structure relying heavily on natural and simple forms for beauty and sustainability.

Move over Metro. Introducing the EOL maglev train concept. Magnetic levitation replaces mechanical components to launch this aerodynamic choo-choo to speeds exceeding 480 kilometers per hour; all while you relax or work from the comfort of your personal business class cabin in absolute silence. Though it’s optimized for long distance travel; I’d sacrifice my long-time chauffeur fantasy for making the daily commute on the EOL in a heartbeat.The solar paneled roof and magnetic technology make the train more cost-effective and energy efficient than any existing railroad system. Not to mention, it’s functional and customizable yet polished and minimal interior is just plain hot.