1 Unique Soviet Magnetic Levitation Train that Could Go 400 km/h [photos, video]

Unique Soviet Magnetic Levitation Train that Could Go 400 km/h [photos, video]

Posted on February 21, 2017 by tim


A lot of things were invented, built, tested but never used in USSR. For example this awesome magnetic levitation experimental train built by Soviet engineers. The history is as follows: Soviet State Planning commission estimated that there would be over 29 cities in the USSR with population over 1,000,000 people very soon. Soviet engineering agencies started offering their solutions to fight commuting problems inside of this mega cities and between them. Besides improving existing transportation means, like subway or buses, the need for totally new way of transportation arisen. This project of maglev trains was the latest response to this task.

It was called "Wagon TA-05" - first Soviet magnetic levitation train. It was developed in early 1980s in USSR. Almost 32 years ago, February 25, 1986, the first test ride of the system happened.

"We are building an almost silent, levitation train, that goes with speeds of up 250 km/h, the price of the rails would be 3-5 times cheaper than subway", said soviet engineer in the interview in 1980s.

Six hundred meter railway was built for the train near Moscow and a few more were planned in Armenia and Kazakhstan. The capacity of each maglev vehicle was 65 people at time. It should be able to run at 250 km/h at first, with a possibility running 400 km/h later. The weight of the vehicle was 40 ton.  They could be connected into a few train-like system.


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One Response to “Unique Soviet Magnetic Levitation Train that Could Go 400 km/h [photos, video]”

  1. john dudley says:

    Most interseting to see, i wasn’t aware you had anything like that.

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