Translohr - you guys see this??

SLSF Freak May 8, 2021

  1. SLSF Freak

    SLSF Freak Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I was surfing YouTube and a thumbnail caught my eye. There was a modern tram, but I was only seeing one rail in the picture. I clicked it to watch the video, and it is in fact a single rail tramway that rides on rubber tires!! This is intriguing - especially when you consider the potential benefits. Rubber meets road = better traction for hills, single rail would mean easier infrastructure set up (I'd assume?) This really blurs the lines between bus and train I think, and I like it!!


    Cheers -Mike
     
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  2. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Neat. The centerline is the guideway at far less cost the track. No cross ties, ballast, gauging. Just pop the guide slot into the pavement and be on your way.
     
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  3. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

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    1:1 scale slot car, 'er tram layout!:D
     
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  5. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

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    Being a tire guy for 20+ years, those look like a nightmare to replace tires on, not to mention the weight of those. Must be some heavy duty rated tires.
     
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  6. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    Real railroads have two rails.

    :D

    Doug
     
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  7. SLSF Freak

    SLSF Freak Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Hadn't thought about what basically amounts to loaded tractor-trailers running along the same path all day long day after day, wearing down the path. Comfort issues can be fixed with improved suspension and I imagine they'd have a lift system or pit to make tire changes easier. Also learned from the wiki that Bombardier has a similar system - where they been hiding these things?? :D I wonder if a design tweak to balance most of the load to the rail could help with the erosion.

    Cheers -Mike
     
  8. sd90ns

    sd90ns TrainBoard Member

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    When you consider that a set of mediocre tires for my mid-sized sedan can run upwards of $400 and I get about 38,000 miles on them . . .
    Yes, I tried more expensive tires at $600 for a set and managed to get 40,000 miles at best.
    And yes again, I know there are people that have to shell out close to or more than $1,000 if they want new tires for their car, truck or SUV.
     
  9. mmi16

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    When it comes to tires - you get what you pay for. Cheap tires bad performance.
     
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