the work reported here was carried out by the british rail research and development division for the transport and road research laboratory. the subject of the study was a comparison between the use of magnetic and other suspension systems, in particular wheel-on-rail, for the transport of passengers at speeds higher than those currently used. the objectives of the study were firstly to investigate the technical problems associated with each technology, secondly to assess any differences in environmental impact and thirdly to make an economic comparison between the systems. (a) (this document has also been published as british railways board technical report tredyn 10, for which the abstract no is irrd abstract 232744).

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