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A lot of you have been visiting this page on my web site, so I guess you would like to know where this Alaskan, wants to . . .
Run Tracks in Europe!
I was sitting in a little remote Pub in Alaska, back in 1993.
And one of the Highest Educated Men in the World, walked in the door and sat down across from me.
That BLEW MY MIND!
He told me that if I do it,
Go Way North, Go Up High on the Map, and Cut Across!!!
And after many years of thinking about it, I see that he is RIGHT!
So from Alaska, I think we need to head for the Ukraine,
Then I think we should head to Luxembourg, as I have had great support from this Fine Country over the years,
with Branch line to China
And one to London.
Yours For Better Bussines,
Ferrari chairman breaks Italy state monopoly on high-speed trains
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
I Think That's LINGONBERRY RED!
NTV, or Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, starts service between Rome and eight other Italian cities on April 28 and will eventually have 25 trains -
a new type of locomotive-free rolling stock that has an engine under each car to increase capacity.
The major towns of a country, being the focal points of information, activities and services, create the structure of an industrialized country.
The daily accessibility of these poles of attraction therefore constitutes ever more an essential condition of economic and social development.
The creation of wealth depends not only on the ability of the country to structure itself as a metropolis, with the cities of national and international importance connected by a high-speed means of transport, but also on the ease of access to outlying regions by regional public transport. In Europe, it also depends on efficient connections with the major cities of the neighboring countries.
The transport system of the 3rd millennium
Swissmetro, a high-speed and high-frequency passenger transport system independent of built-up areas and surface obstructions such as topography, working as a super underground railway, meets the new needs that are arising at the dawn of the third millennium.
It fits in with existing or projected railway networks, provides a credible response to the foreseeable increase in mobility and, thanks to its attractiveness, contributes actively to the transfer of private/road traffic to public/rail traffic.
Statistical evolution of passenger transport
Swiss transport statistics highlight the spectacular side of the development of passenger transport in Switzerland since 1950, and the marked contrast between the evolution of road and rail transport.
Even though the increase in passenger traffic did fall off during the years of economic recession (1990-1996), it will increase in the future whatever the scenario envisaged by the study entitled "Prospects for traffic evolution in Switzerland" (SET 2/95, SGZZ).
These different scenario show that there will not be a sufficient transfer from road to rail despite all the efforts made to improve the current network.
Swissmetro, however, would help correct this tendency, for the attractiveness of this new public transport system will win over a part of the passenger traffic that currently travels by car and airplane over
A brief background
The project was first mooted in the ‘70s by Rodolphe Nieth and was supported by the scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and by political circles.
A preliminary study, financed by the Confederation and private enterprise, and finished in March 1993, showed it to be technically and economically feasible.
The Swissmetro Company SA, founded in 1992, collected the funding necessary for the main study, the results of which this report presents.
The main study should now lead to an industrial development phase on the electro-mechanical and mechanical systems, before any work can begin on the construction of a pilot line.
As soon as possible, a line of about 15 kilometres will be fitted out for testing and approval purposes.
In parallel with the start of the industrial development, various studies are being conducted: HISTAR, trials on waterproof tunnel linings, the completion of the PNR 41 studies, studies of the Geneva-Lyons, and possibly also the St.Gallen-Munich links.
Specific supplementary reports will be issued in due course.
Under the condition of a rapidly obtaining funding and political approval, the optimum schedule will look like this:
Rodolphe Nieth develops the concept of a Swissmetro to provide high-speed travel between Switzerland's principal urban and rural areas.
The project receives the support of a group of pro-fessors at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), who carry out a study of the feasibility of the project.
Interest in the project is shown at a political level, with support for the project in Parliament by Robert Ducret (Geneva) and in the National Council by Sergio Salvioni (Ticino).
The feasibility of the project is confirmed in a special report.
The Federal Department of Transport, Communica-tion and Energy (EVED) grants the EPFL a loan of Sfr. 500,000. as a contribution to the preliminary study which is also financed by the EPFL and Swiss industry.
Federal Councilor Adolf Ogi, head of the EVED, introduces the concept of a EUROMETRO on the occasion of an information meeting on "Alpine Transit options" at the Transport '90 trade fair in Munich.
Formation of Swissmetro S.A. as a joint stock corporation, with National Councilor Sergio Salvioni as president.
The company receives the administrative support of the Employers' Association of Western Switzerland.
The results of the preliminary study confirm the desirability, feasibility and viability of the project. Inauguration of the first Swissmetro exhibition at the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne.
Launch of the main study, which is to be supported by Swissmetro SA, both Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (EPF Lausanne and ETH Zurich) and more than 80 major Swiss and European companies.
Creation of the Swissmetro promotion association, promotion body of the Swissmetro project.
Submission to the Swiss government of a licence application for the Geneva-Lausanne stretch.
The Federal Council takes sides about the licence application. 1999.5.31 End of the Main Study. 1999.6.8 Presentation of the final results of the Main Study
Swissmetro research Homepages
Ecole polytechnique fédérale Lausanne
Partners of the Main Study - Companies and private consultants
Abay&Meier AG 8008 Zürich
ABB Sécheron SA 1211 Genève 2
AC Atelier Commun SA 1006 Lausanne
AGBTS SA 1845 Noville
AGZ Arbeitsgruppe Zentralschweiz, p.a. Bucher + Dillier 6006 Luzern
Albrecht & Partner 6003 Luzern
Alcatel Câble Suisse SA 2016 Cortaillod
Alstom Suisse SA 5036 Oberentfelden
Amberg IngenieurbüroAG 8105 Regensdorf-Watt
Ambrosetti Holding SA 1211 Genève 6
Amila Productions SA 6916 Grancia
Amsler & Bombeli SA 1224 Chêne-Bougeries
ASS Architectes SA 1219 Genève
Bakoplan Elektro Ingenieure AG 8600 Dübendorf
Basler & Hofmann 8133 Esslingen
Techn. Beratungs- u. Forschungsstelle der Schweiz. Zementindustrie (TFB) 5103 Wildegg
Beric SA 1227 Carouge
Betelec SA 1010 Lausanne
Bonnard & Gardel 1001 Lausanne
Bourgeois Géomètre 1337 Vallorbe
Bucher + Dillier AG 6003 Luzern
Büchi + Müller AG 8501 Frauenfeld
Burkhart Bauinformatik AG 6010 Kriens
Busch AG 4312 Magden
C. von der Weid SA 1701 Fribourg
Cemsuisse + TFB 3011 Bern
CETP 1094 Paudex
Chuard bureau d’ingénieur 1052 Le Mont/Lausanne
CIGLE Communauté des Ingénieurs 1010 Lausanne
Colenco Power Engineering AG 5405 Baden
Condis —Montena SA 1728 Rossens
Credit Suisse Grp 8001 Zürich
CSD - Ingénieurs Conseils SA 1052 Mont s/Lausanne
CVE, p.a. Romande Energie 1110 Morges 1
De Cérenville Géotechnique SA 1024 Ecublens
Dionea SA 6000 Locarno
Dr. Heinrich Jäckli AG 8049 Zürich
Dr. Vollenweider AG 8640 Rapperswil
Dr. Von Moos AG 8037 Zürich
Dornier System Consult Gmbh D-88003 Friederichshafen
EEF-Entreprises électriques Fribourgeoises 1701 Fribourg
Electrowatt Engineering AG 8034 Zürich
EZ Associates 1226 Thônex
Fédération des Syndicats Patronaux 1211 Genève 11
GEOFORM Geologische Beratungen 8401 Winterthur
Geol. Büro Dr. Lorenz Wyssling AG 8118 Pfaffhausen
Géotechnique Appliquée Dériaz SA 1227 Carouge
Geotest AG 3052 Zollikofen
GESTE, PSE-B 1015 Lausanne
Gillièron Electronique SA 1110 Morges
Grundbauberatung AG 9000 St.Gallen
Fachhochschulen Bern u. Zentralschweiz 3400 Burgdorf
Huber + Suhner AG 8330 Pfäffikon
IG Zürich, p.a. Schindler + Schindler 8038 Zürich
ILF Beratende Ingenieure Gmbh A-4020 Linz
ILF Beratende Ingenieure AG 8027 Zürich
Infraconsult SA 1219 Le Lignon
IST- Institut de la santé au travail 1005 Lausanne
Jenni + Gottardi AG 8802 Kilchberg/Zürich
Karakas & Français SA 1006 Lausanne
Küng et associés SA 1004 Lausanne
Lienert & Haering AG 9113 Degersheim
Locher 1219 Genève-Aïre
Losinger Holding SA 1074 Mollie-Margot
M. Kobel + Partner AG 7320 Sargans
Mantilleri, Bureau d’ingénieurs 1227 Carouge
Matousek, Baumann & Niggli AG 5401 Baden
Mengis+Lorenz AG 6005 Luzern
Mettler Rudolf 7006 Chur
Norbert Géologues Conseil SA 1003 Lausanne
NTB-Neutechnikum, Buchs 9470 Buchs
OFEL — Office d’électricité de la Suisse romande 1003 Lausanne
Otis 1701 Fribourg
Passera + Pedretti SA 6916 Grancia
Perret-Gentil, Rey et Associés SA 1400 Yverdon 3
Perss, Ingénieurs conseils SA 1020 Renens
Pétignat bureau d’ingénieurs 1820 Montreux
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd 6370 Stans
Polysoft Consulting 1202 Genève
RBA Réalini Bader et Associés SA 1213 Onex
Rudolf Keller & Partner 4132 Muttenz
SA Conrad Zschokke 1219 Genève-Aïre
SBB Kreis 2 6002 Luzern
Schärlig Alain Prof. 1233 Bernex
Schindler & Schindler 8038 Zürich
SEL-Service de l’électricité de la Ville de Lausanne
1000 Lausanne 9
SF Schweizer Flugzeuge und Systeme 6032 Emmen
Sieber Cassina + Partner AG 8004 Zürich
SIG- Services industriels de Genève 1211 Genève 2
Steigerpartner 8034 Zürich
Systems Consult MC-98000 Monaco
Theiler+Kalbermatter Bau AG 6003 Luzern
Thyssen Transrapid System Gmbh (TTS) D-81671 München
Transrapid International Gmbh D-10587 Berlin
Tradoc SA 1095 Lutry
University of Dundee GB- Dundee DD2 ILW
Urbaplan 1006 Lausanne
von der Weid SA 1700 Fribourg
Wyss Roland 8500 Frauenfeld
ZS Trafitec SA 1213 Onex-Genève
Research institutes and laboratories Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
EPFLDE-LEME 1015 Lausanne
EPFLDE-LEI 1015 Lausanne
EPFL-DGC-ITEP-LEM 1015 Lausanne
EPFL-DA-IREC 1001 Lausanne
EPFL-ESST 1001 Lausanne
EPFL-DGC-ISRF 1015 Lausanne
EPFL-DGM-IMHEF 1015 Lausanne
EPFL-DGC-IBAP 1015 Lausanne
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Zürich (ETHZ)
ETHZ-D-ERDW 8093 Zürich
ETHZ-D-ELEK 8092 Zürich
ETHZ-D-ERDW 8093 Zürich
ETHZ-D-ARCH 8092 Zürich
ETHZ-D-BAUM 8093 Zürich
ETHZ-D-UMNW 8006 Zürich