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San Francisco Train Leaves Without Driver

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November 14, 2013
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A San Francisco lite rail train went about a quarter mile down the tracks without an operator Wednesday - with around 30 passengers on board. One of the passengers managed to hit the emergency brake. (Nov. 14)


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Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow's Trains

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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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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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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Meant to Fly? The World's First-Solar Powered Airplane

Meant to Fly? The World's First-Solar Powered Airplane

FORA.tv (Feb. 13, 2013) — Solar Impulse is a Swiss solar-powered airplane that will endeavor to fly around the world without fuel. After achieving the world's first solar night to day flight in 2010 and the first intercontinental flight connecting Switzerland to Morocco in 2012, a coast-to-coast flight across the United States is planned for the summer of 2013. In honor of the two visiting pioneers piloting this innovative airplane, Bertrand Piccard and Andrι Borschberg, swissnex San Francisco and the Consulate General of Switzerland are pleased to invite you to a reception and briefing on Solar Impulse. Join them to learn how the Solar Impulse project is making leaps in new materials, energy and weight optimization, even production processes, and how it is setting new milestones in aviation history. All of that while serving as an ambassador of renewable energy
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