German University Designed Railcab

German University Designed Railcab
October 15, 2007 6:43 pm

A German university has created a prototype rail system that could offer personal, taxi-style rail transportation.

The University of Paderborn claims the Railcab, which has been in research since 2002, will operate on train tracks as a means of individual transport.
The system’s cars use magnetic fields to move and can operate alone or as part of a group.
The invention could reduce overcrowded stations and remove the need for timetables or prearranged routes.
The service could be offered via mobile phone or the internet, similar to that of a taxi service.
The designs have primarily targeted passengers but the university says the RailCab could also be used to move freight.
More than US$15.5m has been invested in the project, but the university says it will be seeking an additional US$28m to produce a full-scale prototype. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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