We could see these superspeed trains as early as 2030!
Imagine hopping on a train in, say, Stockholm and disembarking in Oslo half an hour later. Maybe you’re over in Amsterdam and fancy hopping on a speedy train to Dubrovnik. Or perhaps you just need to make it back to London from Glasgow at blistering pace. Sounds incredible and pretty far-fetched, right? Well, this could become a reality as early as 2030, and it’s not just those cities that will become a day-trip destination. Valencian company Zeleros are planning a network of unbelievable floating trains all across Europe. So, how does it all work?
Well, these beauties are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, and in fact, the longest tunnels are currently being built in the Nordic countries — which may be the first nations to enjoy the futuristic machines. They’re called hyperloop trains and they don’t run on tracks but rather through tunnels. Capsules, which act like carriages, carrying passengers from A to B, zoom through these tunnels, which are suspended above the ground.
These capsules literally levitate, using modular electromagnetic units within the capsules themselves, controlled by algorithms. At speeds of up to 1,000km/h, the capsules zoom through the tunnels, propelled by an aerodynamic propulsion system. There will be no need for a driver as they can drive themselves, and everything will run using electricity, with the aim of creating zero carbon emissions.
With much of Europe aiming to become climate neutral by the year 2050, these hyperloop trains could really help to propel the continent towards that goal. Plus, right now the prospect of air travel seems less appealing than ever. Not only is hopping on a plane more damaging to the environment, but it also means queueing in airports to pass through security and sometimes long waits for connecting flights. It seems that trains could be the future and connect the continent in a way that even today with all of our technological advances seems incredible.
Also published on Medium.