Composite materials for cheaper and more efficient trains

London Underground’s District Line trains launched the first production trains fitted with lightweight aluminium composite honeycomb doors in 1978. Several decades after this first step, what are the advantages of using composite materials today?   Need for weight reduction in rail vehicles Increasing passenger demands, including universal access toilets, CET tanks, power outlets, air conditioning,…

Origin and evolution of hyperloop railway technology

Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop made headlines around the world in November 2020 after the first tests with passengers were conducted. But what are the foundations of this innovative means of transport? Let’s trace the most important moments in its evolution. 18th and 19th centuries: precursor projects of the hyperloop Musk’s idea of building a superfast…

Rail travel boom likely after pandemic

For global domestic tourism, rail travel has long surpassed air travel in terms of volume. In 2019, 2.1 billion journeys were made by train, compared to just over a billion for air travel. While for international tourism, the numbers are completely reversed: 41 million international departures were made by train, compared to 735 million by…

Europe’s most scenic rail journeys

From the Scottish Highlands to Serbia to Montenegro, the European rail network is full of breathtaking routes. In this article we list some of the most scenic train routes. People usually consider train travel a necessity to get around. What most of them don’t know is that Europe has some of the most beautiful train…

Materiali avanzati per treni sempre più leggeri

I ricercatori della Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Germania hanno recentemente sviluppato un materiale sandwich a base di poliuretano estremamente resistente. Sarà destinato a sostituire l’acciaio o l’alluminio nei componenti di treni o automobili, riuscendo ad essere più leggero ma altrettanto resistente. Per testare il materiale, l’ICT ha prodotto un componente treno soggetto…