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Friday, November 20, 2009

Waverail introduces itself

Waverail(TM) is a tram style light rail operation which embodies the world's first truly sustainable road transport. It uses non-stop sling-swap technology resulting in transportation as fast and as high-capacity as a train at speeds suitable for on-road operation. Its high personnel costs - each railcar has adriver - are overcome by extraordinary savings in energy, capital and maintenance, giving it, especially in high volume application, a remarkable profitability.


  1. Less speed than 40 km/h but travelling time so much shorter: How is this possible?

  2. What advantages do I get for the inconvenient always-walk-to-next-car?

  3. Suburban trains, depending on the number of stations, commonly have an overall speed of 22 to 28km/h. Note that overall speed cannot be really measured; it is just the calculated result of distance travelled divided by overall time.
    Waverail, running at 39km/h has a delivery speed of 39.5km/h. (The .5km/h difference stemms from the in-car walking that the passengers do)
    The point of course is that a conventional train, after travelling at great speed, stops at in between stations, and, in doing so, greatly depresses its overall speed. Waverail in turn maintains a low but uninterrupted speed.

  4. I promise you are doing a good bargain for doing healthy walking: Fast arrival, cheap and sustainable transport, safe and non-congested carriages, personal protection all the time, even shopping while you travel, a new life style, you name it. Check the waverail websites for more benefits.

  5. How will Waverail fix Sydney's public transport crisis?

  6. In summary, Waverail makes it possible to render trains competitive, to obsolete bus services on main roads, and to bring stations near most Sydney homes. It is thus pivotal in overcoming Sydney’s public transport crisis.

    How does Waverail do this?
    Sydney’s trains are, like other trains, a compromise between speed and number of stations. People demand more stations and the consequential low overall speed, among other factors, makes public transport unattractive.

    Motorists will switch if train travel matches motor traffic speed. Trains indeed can deliver this, but only if they have next to no stations. Thus, essentially only express trains are effective trains. For Sydney, trains would be fast enough if there were stops only at Parramatta, Penrith, Hornsby, Liverpool, Campbelltown and Sutherland.

    Waverail in turn, lacking long distance capability, can provide fast transport with an acceptably dense network grid, including all those stations abandoned by rail. It would thus more than fill the gap left by streamlining the rail system.

    Main road bus services become obsolete. However, local suburban bus service will still have to be provided in low density areas not serviced by Waverail.


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