Future rail trends that will be implemented in the not too distant future

The trend toward rail usage

In recent years there has been an increase in the usage of trains for transport.  Cutting down the cost of travel, having to sit in huge traffic jams and to cut down on the impact on the environment. As such, there has been an increased need for railways to deliver new innovative and more efficient services.

Future rails trends

Automatic driverless trains
This is not uncommon on the slower moving protected rails.  There are even some fully automatic driverless metros such as those in Copenhagen and the UK.

These trains are equipped with the most advanced safety features, obstruction sensors and fire detection sensors for the passenger’s ultimate safety.

Soon most of the trains operating throughout the world will be driverless.

Freight Trains
The trucking industry is huge in most countries, you don’t go a couple of miles on most motorways throughout the world with passing a couple of huge trucks.  Not only do the cause congestion and some major pileups but they damage roads too costing millions each year in road repairs.  Road repairs in turn cost drivers time which equates to even more money being spent.

A university in Germany is working on a project looking at freight trains as the fifth alternative to freight transport.

Maglev Trains
Invented by Eric Laithwaite, an English inventor, of which the first train could only travel at 42km/hr. and covered a 600m distance in 1984.Since then his invention has undergone some changes and operates in Shanghai who started the first line in 2004, running on the Shanghai Maglev line.  A 30.5km high-speed magnetic levitation line.  It has an operational speed of 430km/hr. and an average speed of 251km/hr.Although this is a great concept this train came at a huge cost to make and has not as yet been a good return on the investment.  The cost to build this train and the line on which operates cost $1.2 billion.

Infographic by: amadeus.com