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Magnetic levitation (maglev) is a relatively new transportation technology in which noncontacting vehicles travel safely at speeds of 250 to 300 miles-per-hour or higher while suspended, guided, and propelled above a guideway by magnetic fields.

The concept of magnetically levitated trains was first identified at the turn of the century by two Americans, Robert Goddard and Emile Bachelet. By the 1930s, Germany's Hermann Kemper was developing a concept and demonstrating the use of magnetic fields to combine the advantages of trains and airplanes. In 1968, Americans James R. Powell and Gordon T. Danby were granted a patent on their design for a magnetic levitation train.

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January 1, 2007 at 11:22 pm
(1) Marshall Dean says:

I read the explanation of Magley with great interest. I would like to know if it ever got beyond the patent stage. My father was the engineer on the Burlington Zephyr – the fastest stream-lined train prior to WWII.

May 2, 2010 at 11:44 am
(2) Rami Rouhana says:

I have been researching Maglev since 2004 . I am a mechanical engineer .

And Information stated above are wrong.

Bachelet was french .

Hermaan got the first patent related t oMaglev trains.

January 24, 2013 at 4:24 am
(3) lisa louise pinkney says:

It is metal.

January 25, 2013 at 2:36 am
(4) inventors says:

Nope it’s short for Magnetic levitation. You can read all about here and here.
http://inventors.about.com/b/2005/03/01/what-is-maglev.htm
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blrailroad3.htm

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