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NTS X-Wind
Hrm, now this is an interesting oddball power generator setup. Like a kite pulled carousel setup, but removing the need for a central rotor disk to mount the individual kites. With each kite anchored by a suitably heavy train car (that can't be tipped over by kite traction), and probably dumping power to third rail pickups, you can also optimize the track orientation for prevalent winds. The not so good part is the cornering at reduced speeds at the ends of the racetrack loop. I suppose if you had the third rail well anchored, that could provide the resistance to flipping, sorta like roller coaster rails...
traction  kite  wind  power  generator  locomotive  bogie  regenerative  braking  germany  EU  alternative  green  energy  train  railway  airborne  flying 
19 days ago by asteroza
Mini Tokyo 3D
Wow, using open MLIT and other data sources, a realtime view of the trains in Tokyo
tokyo  live  realtime  train  subway  visualization  japan 
24 days ago by asteroza
痴漢レーダー | 痴漢をなくすためにー痴漢被害の情報を集めよう
Apparently an anonymous service not connected with the police, where people can report groping incidents (mostly on the train in tokyo). Conceptually interesting, but this feels like one of those sisterhood missing step advisories, where if you know you know, but if you don't, you don't.
japan  tokyo  chikan  train  groping  report  service 
11 weeks ago by asteroza
B-W SCMaglev Project Home Page
Trying to put a japanese maglev in the US...
maglev  train  railroad  railway 
november 2018 by asteroza
Introducing the Millennial #Avocard! - Virgin Trains
This whole millennial/snakepeople avocado toast meme is getting out of hand...
humor  UK  england  virgin  train  railcard  millennial  snakepeople  avocado  toast  PR  marketing  stunt 
march 2018 by asteroza
Flight Rail Corp - Home
Similar to the Aeromovel system in south america
VECTORR  vacuum  tube  train  railway  vehicle  transportation  piston 
june 2017 by asteroza
Freight Shuttle International – Moving Freight into the Future
I guess you could call this first mile transport? Cargo container shuttle system to move containers to railheads or distribution warehouses from a port. Definitely not a hyperloop competitor.
cargo  container  shuttle  train  pod  vehicle  transportation  Delicious 
october 2016 by asteroza
Welcome to Arkham—the (HO) Model City
Someone got some Cthulhu in their their steam engine...
horror  model  railroad  HO  train  modeling  hobby  HP  Lovecraft  Cthulhu  Delicious 
january 2016 by asteroza
Elon Musk's high-speed Hyperloop train makes more sense for Mars than California
Well, on mars, you could level/grade the right-of-way and lay down a sintered halfpipe, which gets you most of the way to a hyperloop configuration, since ambient atmosphere is pretty low. Use the same sucking configuration to supply air to the hoverpad feet, and exhaust to atmosphere, obviating the need for cooling exhaust air.
hyperloop  vacuum  train  mars  vehicle  transportation  infrastructure  space  tubetrain  Delicious 
july 2015 by asteroza
Lionel Battle Train
They need to make a WW2 panzerzug version...
iPad  iOS  game  app  software  lionel  model  train  tower  defense  Delicious 
may 2015 by asteroza
Mole Solutions
Uses a linear motor track,, and "dumb" cargo carriages/capsules.
UK  england  cargo  vehicle  transportation  railway  railroad  subway  train  delivery  capsule  carriage  linear  motor  track  Delicious 
april 2015 by asteroza
EURO CAREX : Cargo Rail Express
Trying to extend the basic concept behind La Poste's french domestic TGV mail trains to a generic high speed parcel/package delivery train rail network, using aircraft cargo containers and rail/air transhipment points.
high  speed  rail  cargo  freight  train  railroad  network  consortium  Delicious 
august 2014 by asteroza
JumpStartFund - Ideas Powered by the Crowd
HTT is apparently going to build a 5 mile test track in Quay Valley, California.
crowdfunding  hyperloop  research  technology  vacuum  train  capsule  vehicle  transportation  crowdsourcing  Delicious 
april 2014 by asteroza
The Very High Speed Transit System | RAND
Old RAND report for a maglev vactrain, for comparison to Hyperloop
tube  maglev  resaerch  capsule  vehicle  train  transportation  RAND  infrastructure  vacuum  pod  Delicious 
august 2013 by asteroza
Hyperloop Collaboration | Free software downloads at
Somebody decided to throw up Hyperloop on sourceforge, to take Elon at his word regarding it being an open source hardware design.
concept  hardware  tube  capsule  vehicle  opensource  transportation  Hyperloop  train  infrastructure  vacuum  design  pod  Delicious 
august 2013 by asteroza
Electricity and Power Storage - Ares North America
Someone is finally getting around to implementing heavy electric trains on long grades as a gird energy storage system. Though admittedly the current system is smaller scale and for load leveling a wind power plant, and using narrow gauge rail along with a third rail in rural settings seems like a poor choice in the long term. Concept is sound, but having individual motor/generator cars is an interesting compromise. As long as the primary weight can be provided by cheap gravel, I suppose it doesn't matter.
railroad  electric  green  potential  leveling  railway  ARES  rail  grid  train  power  generator  load  energy  storage  gravity  concrete  gravel  battery  Delicious 
august 2013 by asteroza
Very High Speed Transit System
Interesting bit on a possible nuclear subterrene, a tunnel boring machine using an high heat annular cutting face, which melts the rock and seals the tunnel, while passing over a smoothed out rock core that can be cut into large blocks for debris removal and transport.
technology  rock  study  architecture  transportation  transit  megaproject  mass  melting  megaengineering  VHST  boring  train  vacuum  construction  melt  pod  subterrene  vactrain  RAND  machine  nuclear  TBM  megastructure  resarch  tunnel  Delicious 
june 2013 by asteroza
Coalition for Sustainable Rail - Home
Interesting that they are attempting to continue Porta's work on advanced gasifier style steam locomotives, though the fact that they don't mention a steam condenser tender is a little troubling.
modern  steam  locomotive  train  railroad  technology  vehicle  transportation  gas  producer  firebox  gasifier  biocoal  Delicious 
may 2012 by asteroza
Ares | Advanced Rail Energy Storage
ARES is basically an electric train kept on a long, climbing siding or disused mainline, filled to the brim with gavel cars full of sand. The idea is to use excess power to climb the train up the line, and when recovering energy, run the train down the mountain in generator mode. Simple, and more or less exists already (existing trains run electric generator based braking to onboard load resistor banks to waste the energy as heat), just need to fine tune the energy recovery for delivery to the grid.
generator  power  electric  storage  energy  potential  train  rail  ARES  Delicious 
may 2012 by asteroza
tweet mashup based on keyword searches for current transit conditions in Tokyo
twitter  tweet  keyword  hastag  search  mashup  japan  tokyo  transit  train  subway  status  rumor  web  service  Delicious 
march 2011 by asteroza
Russia designs nuclear train - BarentsObserver
As in nuclear powered, as in the reactor is on board the train. Gives fireman a whole new meaning...
Russia  CIS  nuclear  powered  train  locomotive  prototype  demo  hardware  transportation  vehicle  cargo  breeder  reactor  Delicious 
march 2011 by asteroza
Hyperdia | HYPERDIA by VOICE : Hitachi Information Systems
Voice search train information in english? Yay!
Needs a live internet connection to work? Boo! (can the database really be that big?)
hyperdia  japan  japanese  english  train  schedule  lookup  app  software  iPhone  Delicious 
september 2010 by asteroza
Saving Gas: Pneumatic Hybrid Engine Is Much Cheaper Than Electric Hybrids And Almost As Economical
Uh, so this is a turbocharged 2 cylinder engine that stores air (turbocharger boost wastegate overflow, external mechanically linked compressor/supercharger, or some combo?), for later injection into the engine, with implied zero combustion motor modes (simple air expander operation in the cylinder). Supposed to be comparatively low cost, provided the air input valve is software controlled...
pneumatic  hybrid  drive  train  engine  car  automotive  vehicle  technology  research  green  transportation  energy  storage  Delicious 
february 2010 by asteroza
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