Nevomo completes first section of EU’s longest passive magnetic levitation test track

Polish company Nevomo has completed the first section of what is slated to become the longest passive magnetic levitation test track in Europe for their MagRail technology. Earlier this month, a 700-metre section was installed near the southeastern city of Nowa Sarzyna, where testing is scheduled to commence this summer.

The testing programme will be carried out in partnership with Italian infrastructure manager Rete Ferroviaria Italiana and will centre on on magnetic levitation, the performance of the power system and the infrastructure, as well as the vehicle itself and the vehicle-infrastructure connection. Using magnetic levitation and linear motors, the MagRail technology should enable magnetic vehicles to run on existing rail infrastructure alongside regular trains.

The first section will allow testing with speeds up to 160 kilometres per hour. According to Nevomo co-founder Lukasz Mielczarek, assembly of the vehicle prototypes is currently underway. He says the tests can be a stepping stone for pilot project elsewhere.

The developers believe MagRail technology will enable hyperloop-inspired train cars to reach speeds of 550 kilometres per hour. Furthermore, should policy makers want to upgrade the tracks to a fully fledged hyperloop system, it can be done at lower costs.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

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