Wagon TA-05 – the first Soviet car on an electromagnetic levitation system, built in the period of 1985 to 1986. The first successful launch was conducted on February 25, 1986.
“Our laboratory is working on a project of creating a passenger wagon that will move without touching the rails. It will move horizontally using the principle of a linear, three-phase, asynchronous motor. Moving with a cruising speed of up to 250 kilometers per hour, the vehicle will be virtually silent. The track can be raised on a platform over the main thoroughfares of the city. One kilometer will cost 3 to 5 times less than the subway,” the Head of the Laboratory VNIIPItransprogress, A. Chemodurov, said in an interview.
A 600 meter speed section was built near Moscow.
It was planned to use cars with room for 65 people, each 19 meters long and weighing 40 tons. Cruising speed of the car would equal 250km/h, with the prospect of 400 km/h and above. There were also plans to use several cars coupled together, that would be a full train.
Projects of two such lines in Moscow were created in 1992.
But after the fall of the USSR, financing for the project was stopped.
By the way, this car starred in the movie “Don’t joke with robots”.