The Birmingham, England, Airport Maglev Transit Link

by Eric Edward Riches, GEC Transportation Projects Ltd, Manchester, England,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers: Engineering and Management in Major Activity Centers


This paper outlines the principal design and operating features of the world's first magnetically-levitated transit link which went into public service at Birmingham Airport in May 1984. The particular choices of configuration, control strategy and devices are discussed. Using magnetic attraction to levitate the cars and a linear induction motor for propulsion, reduces the number of moving and wearing parts, which leads to improved reliability and maintenance.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Transportation management | Magnetic levitation trains | Public transportation | Magnetic fields | Electrical equipment | Rapid transit systems | Case studies | England | United Kingdom | Europe

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