Russia’s Giant Snake Train Rolls Speedily on Steel Balls

Posted: November 16, 2011 in Cool, Fact, History, Locomotive

AN ELECTRIC train which travels on steel balls instead of wheels has been tested in Russia with remarkable success.

The speedy train, which was designed by a young Soviet engineer named Yarmolshuk, resembles a giant reptile weaving about the countryside. The inventor declares his final design will have a running speed of 190 m. p. h.

Huge balls under each car roll on a single concave concrete track, greatly reducing rolling friction. Gyroscopes in each car keep the train balanced even on the sharpest curves, and curved guards along the track prevent the train from tipping.

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