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The Train of Tomorrow

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August 11, 2013
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Researchers from nine Helmholtz Institutes are collaborating on the Next Generation Train project. The vehicle they are planning will be able to travel at 400 kilometers per hour. It will also be safer and more environmentally friendly than current locomotives.


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Deutsche Welle (Dec. 9, 2012) — Researchers from nine different German Aerospace Center Institutes are working together to come up with the train of the future. The vehicle that they're planning will be able to travel at 400 kilometers per hour. It will also be safer and more environmentally friendly than current locomotives. The so-called Next Generation Train will be a doubledecker, without any staircases inside. First-class passengers will get into the first floor, and second-class passengers will board at ground floor level. Sensors will be used to couple the sections of the trains. In the event of a crash, the nose of the train will crumple and absorb the energy of the collision. The damaged element can then be easily replaced. Tomorrow's trains will be able to do all this and a lot more.
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Hungarian Train Shines Light on Self-Contained Solar Power

Hungarian Train Shines Light on Self-Contained Solar Power

Reuters (Aug. 28, 2013) — A nature reserve in central Hungary has become a testing ground for self-contained, solar-powered train travel. Engineers say the narrow gauge train is the first of its kind, and could become a template for larger train transport systems.
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RAW VIDEO: Train Hits Tractor Trailer Stuck on Tracks

RAW VIDEO: Train Hits Tractor Trailer Stuck on Tracks

AP (Oct. 10, 2013) — A tractor-trailer stuck on tracks in West Texas was struck by a train that dragged it a half-mile before coming to a stop. The driver of the rig had exited the tractor minutes before the train struck in Midland and no injuries were reported. (Oct. 10)
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NTSB: Crash Train Data Recorders Recovered

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AP (Dec. 2, 2013) — Two data recorders retrieved from the NYC commuter train that derailed while rounding a riverside curve, killing four people, may provide information on the speed of the train, how the brakes were applied and the throttle setting, the NTSB says. (Dec. 2)
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