06 June 2009
Rob Fisher

The IET’s Engineering and Technology magazine this month has an article about a proposed light rail system called Nowait in Sweden.  The track forms a loop and so does the train.  In the station carriages turn sideways and go slowly enough to let people on, then they turn lengthways and speed up to 40km/h.  There are a couple of animations on the company’s site if you click the “how it works” link.

It looks cool, but I have reservations.  All the carriages are linked together, so if there is a problem the whole system would need to be stopped, leaving people stranded between stations.  The system can’t adapt to busy and quiet periods.  And I wonder how long you will have to wait to pass through each station.  But if it gets built I will go and try it out.

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