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Soon, trains that can climb skyscrapers?



LONDON: Londoners Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa have drawn up a proposal for the world's first vertical trains that will climb up skyscrapers. 

The futuristic project calls for vertical giant skyscrapers to replace present day stations to reduce the amount of land needed for traditional train stations. 

Named the 'Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub', the skyscrapers would have super powerful magnets on its sides to allow the trains to go up the building. 

Train stations take up a lot of room in a city with their long platforms and tracks. Flip it vertically though and place the station, platforms and tracks in a tower and you've just freed up a ton of space, the Londoners said. 

The proposal has won honourable mention at the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper competition. 

The two said in a statement: "Nations from around the world from the USA to UK are consolidating futuristic proposals for an advanced public transport network, to maximize the economic growth of their cities. 'The Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub' aims to resolve the inevitable challenges that cities will face by 2075." According to them, as the world's population dramatically increases, the demand for goods, natural resources, foods, fuel and land would have increased significantly by 2075. The majority of the future's population will gravitate towards living in mega cities, increasing the pressure and competition for adjacent suburban land, therefore forcing cities to explore more innovative forms of public transport. 

"However, our proposal will not only simplify time, it will reduce carbondioxide emissions, increase energy security and revolutionize international trading relations. The trains will cover an average distance of 482km in 30 minutes.'' 

The 'Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub' aims to replace existing flagship train stations and create new key connective points for the exchange of people and goods with the new hyper speed network. The proposal will 'flip' the traditional form as the tall cylindrical form aims to eliminate the current impact that traditional stations have currently on land use, therefore returning the remaining site mass back to the densely packed urban mega city. 



"As the train travels and transitions from its horizontal formation, and ascends up the facade vertically, the carriages will pivot similar to that on a 'Ferris wheel', allowing the passengers within the carriage to remain in an upright position and facing the city. The carriages will be supported by a magnetic structure located on either side, eliminating the need for rails beneath and allowing the carriages and its passengers to connect to the tower," the proposal said.

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