Cool Concept: The Train that Never Stops

Chinese inventor Jianjun Chen has an innovative idea to make train transportation even more efficient: get rid of the stops. Chen envisions a small separated car perched atop the train. When the train enters a station, this car slides along on elevated rails that smoothly and gradually remove the car from the rest of the train and bring it to a stop. Another identical car travels from these elevated tracks and gradually slides along the top of the train to pick up speed for boarding passengers. Huge amounts of power go into bringing an entire train's mass to a halt at stations and then reaccelerating it back up to speed. By keeping the main portion of the train on the move, the energy savings could be huge. via ecogeek

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Eugene Kim is the Editor-in-Chief of My Modern Met. In May, 2008, he co-founded the website to create one big city that celebrates creative ideas. His mission is to promote a positive culture by spotlighting the best sides of humanity—from the lighthearted and fun to the thought-provoking and enlightening.
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