Interesting concept- train that never stops at a station

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  1. Gargoyle
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    An interesting concept for a train which never stops at the station:
    http://www.wimp.com/chinatrain/

    Handicap accessibility is an issue, people in the front and back cars have to move to the middle car and then up a level to the transfer pod.
     
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    I vote for trying this out with freight trains before putting it into use for passenger trains.
     
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    This is a great idea.
     
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    Actually similar things have been done with bags of mail since the 1880's, perhaps even a bit earlier.
     
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    Yes, I thought of that. And horses have run alongside trains to get people to the same speed as the train so that people could jump on.

    But I'm envisioning some moron running up to the pod for them to hold the door while this train happens to be approaching at an ungodly speed and with another pod that MUST stop when the train passes through. This concept must be deployed in a way that is fairly idiot-proof.
     
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    This I like, a lot!!!
     
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    Agree. you'd have to have the pod sealed a few minutes before train arrival. No last second jumpers. kind of like closing the door on the cabin prior to pushback at a airline gate.
     
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    Can someone please adapt this model so that planes don't have to stop? Maybe the guys getting off at a connecting city can just get in an escape pod and be ejected so that the rest of us can fly non-stop to the final destination. :D
     
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    I'm sure WN will try to adapt this to their 737 fleet. :)
     
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    I've often thought of that when I fly from the east coast to my home aiport GRR and evertime fly almost over GRR on the way to ORD, just to come back eastward. Would love to be able to pull a strap like you do on a bus to say, Hey, my stop, lemme out.
     
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    Train travel like that sure would make it an attractive alternative (in the comparisons between flying, driving, and transit options)
     
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    I showed this to everyone in the office and most of the reactions were eeeeeeeee (translated as I don`t believe it) then comments like "it sounds very dangerous" came out but I think this is an awesome idea and would eliminate late trains for good right?
     
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    Ryanair is probably well ahead of WN on this concept...
     
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    You'd have to have a similar door-closing process inside the train for passengers getting off, too.
     
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    Sydney trains usen't to stop at suburban stations so they could be measured on time in the city!
     
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    I don't know that I've ever heard this word until now. Is it commonly used in Australia?
     
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    Very cool idea.
     
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    shame as I think the herd needs thinning;)
     
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    This can work on older track system. Right now some tracks cannot do express train because they only have 1 track. This will solve that issue.
    Nobody will ever adopt this. Too cool.
     
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    Some bridges (and wires) might have to be raised to accommodate an increased height. And wouldn't 2 tracks be needed in order to compensate for the impending disaster that would happen on Track 1? :p
     
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    This vaguely reminds me of detachable chair lifts at ski areas -- I wonder if a simpler implementation would be just to have an automatic coupling/de-coupling of a single car.
     
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    Either way, departing pax would have to walk through several cars to reach the exit pod/car, so traffic flow inside the cars could get awkward.
     
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    Interesting idea. It might limit the number of people who get get on or off at any individual station, but that could be worked out.
     
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    I would think it would only be used at smaller stations, and the train would still stop at the main stations.

    However, I would be impressed if this actually worked and people actually got in the pod when they were supposed to.
     
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