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[ale] OT: Maglev funding?
- Subject: [ale] OT: Maglev funding?
- From: jeffrey.hubbs at gmail.com (Jeff Hubbs)
- Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:40:30 -0500
- In-reply-to: <[email protected]>
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Robert Reese~ wrote:
> In fact, you inadvertently proved the superiority of the monorail's switching
> system. In that Google Map photo, take a look directly under the monorail
> switches: GASP! Those are standard gauge track with switches. Note the
> monorails switch has five lines in the same space and span as the track below's
> switches that contain just two junctions.
I hadn't noticed that, but there you go. I also noticed that what they
have there are very simple level-style turnouts that have a sharp
deflection - I guess that a monorail train could negotiate that but only
at low speeds, which would suffice for this particular application.
> In other words, with one photo you have shown that monorail can have 5 lines in
> the space of just three standard gauge lines. AND the 5 lines are handled with
> just ONE switch.
I should point out that WDW monorail trains are much narrower than US
standard gauge rail stock, which would account for some of the
difference. But your point still rings true: the footprint of monorail
is relatively compact compared to US standard gauge.
> And FWIW, there's no need to turn a monorail around. It is bidirectional. ;c)
Yes, but to its credit, so can be heavy passenger rail like MARTA.