Latest in California

Image credit:

Maglev, diesel-electric trains vie for support in US desert

Darren Murph
02.27.08
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links


Although the mention of a magnetically levitating train outside of US borders won't grab too much attention, saying that phrase here most definitely perks up ears. Sure enough, a maglev project that would shuttle folks from Disneyland to Las Vegas at up to 300 miles-per-hour is now jousting with a cheaper diesel-electric alternative (dubbed DesertXpress) for support. Reportedly, the latter would cost "just" $3- to $5 billion to construct -- compared to $12 billion for the former -- but rather than escorting folks from Anaheim or even Los Angeles, its origin would be planted in Victorville, California. Still, the trip from there to Vegas would only take three to four hours including the 1.5 hour drive to Victorville, but that still doesn't sound nearly as nice as "well under two hours" for the maglev. As it stands, there's quite a bit of red tape to wade through before either option goes forward, but kicking back on a whizzing train sounds an awful lot better than staring at pavement and blasting the air conditioner for five or so hours.

[Via Gadling]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Google Duplex begins international rollout with a New Zealand pilot

Google Duplex begins international rollout with a New Zealand pilot

View
The Morning After: A final trailer for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

The Morning After: A final trailer for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

View
Todoist 'Foundations' update adds a host of organization features

Todoist 'Foundations' update adds a host of organization features

View
Microsoft's latest VR experiment is a literal walk in the park

Microsoft's latest VR experiment is a literal walk in the park

View
Lilium proves its electric air taxi can fly

Lilium proves its electric air taxi can fly

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr