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.
GV New Linear magnetic railway engine on track in Erlangen, West Germany.
SVs INTERIOR Technicians monitoring control room panel. (2 shots)
SV Project engineer Cord Albrecht speaking about new linear magnetic railway system.
SV New engine sets off on track, AND GV train moving on track. (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR Control panel in control room.
SV Train passing newsmen and cameramen.
GVs Train around track. (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR Man at control panels.
CU Red light flashing.
CU Magnetic field pick-up arm under train as it comes to halt.
ALBRECHT: "These most interesting components are the propulsion system which you can see.....the linear conductor motor, one of the motions of possible propulsion. And the other set of controls....loudnets...super-conducting magnets...generating forces to levitate such a system....about two centimetres above the ground."
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Background: 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.