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Germany to build maglev railway

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    Germany has come up with the funds to launch its first magnetic levitation - or maglev - rail service.
    The state of Bavaria is to build the high-speed railway line from Munich city centre to its airport, making it Europe's first commercial track.

    Maglev trains use electric-powered magnets that enable them to float above their tracks, allowing for much faster speeds than traditional rail services.

    The 1.85bn-euro ($2.6bn; £1.3bn) project had faced financing problems.

    However, the Bavarian state government said it had signed an agreement with rail operator Deutsche Bahn and industrial consortium Transrapid that includes the developers of the train - Siemens and ThyssenKrupp.

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