High-Speed Rail Goes Vertical

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So what would happen if we stuck high-speed trains to the side of a skyscraper? Two designers think this vertical flip will create save space on land and increase transportation capacity.

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This unusual transportation concept, called the Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub, comes from British designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa. Their idea is to put a high-speed rail station in a skyscraper. Trains would shoot down the sides of the building into underground tunnels to their destinations. Hat tip to Inhabitat’s Bridgette Meinhold.

Although the design looks like an amusement park ride for corporate commuters, it calls for train cars that pivot like ferris wheel seats so everyone stays upright as the train moves between vertical and horizontal positions. Each car would hold 10 people in two rows facing each other.

Instead of running around to catch your train — I’m looking at you Penn Station — you’d take an elevator to a specific floor. Each terminal would have its own set of elevators to increase efficiency. If it ever gets built, the designers say this would be the skyscraper dedicated entirely to public use.

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This is such a gorgeous design that I’m not surprised it received an honorable mention in eVolo Magazine’s 2014 Skyscraper Competition. But the longer I look at the renderings, the more my palms begin to sweat. Maybe it’s virtual vertical train vertigo.

Image: The Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub concept. Credit: Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa via eVolo.

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