generation maglev systems have been demonstrated in Japan and Germany.
The Japanese maglev system, which is based on the original superconducting
maglev inventions pioneered by Drs. Powell and Danby, has been very
Maglev 2000 is developing a second generation
maglev system that is based on the recent maglev inventions of Drs.
Powell and Danby. This second generation system has improved performance
capabilities and reduced costs. Maglev 2000 plans to build the first
US maglev system in Central Florida. Technical details of the M-2000
system are described in How Maglev Works.
A key feature of the M-2000 System is the use of superconducting
quadrupole magnets on the maglev vehicles. The quadrupole configuration
enables the M-2000 vehicles to travel on low cost narrow beam guideways,
and to smoothly transition to a flat planar guideway whenever it
is desired to be able to switch the vehicle to a second guideway.
This switching can take place at high speed, i.e., 300 mph, without
having to slow the vehicle down. The switching process is electronic
and does not require mechanical movement of a section of the guideway.