The magnetic levitation train is a very long asynchronous linear motor intended for transportation of fragile cargo and people. A conductive train is accelerated by a quickly changing magnetic field produced by stationary coils. Power supply requirements are less demanding than those of a short coilgun. The minimum mass (for 1-ton cargo) is 106 tons.

The only passenger-carrying maglev train in the world links Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, to the city center at speeds of 430 kilometers per hour.


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William B. Scott, "Consortium Studies 'Maglifter' Concept," Aviation Week and Space Technology, Vol. 142, No. 25, June 19 1995, p. 69.

Inductrack (Magnets mounted on the train induce currents in stationary copper coils.)

Maglev train section

Maglev train section