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Apr 03, 2014, 08:07 IST | Agencies

A radical concept could see vertical stations in New York and London

London: Stations in cities like London and New York are traditionally vast, cathedral-like structures. But a new proposal calls for trains that can run along the exoskeletons of skyscrapers to form the first vertical stations. This would free space in city centres, and allow passengers to be routed out of the station more effectively, its inventors say.

The future of stations?
Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub
1. Inventors say vertical stations would free up space in major cities 

Called the Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub, it could replace stations with a giant skyscraper, according to Londoners Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa, who came up with the idea.

Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub

2. The huge towers would be as large as the Empire State building. Called Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub, it could replace stations

Train carriages pivot like a Ferris wheel when they approach, and magnets on the side of the building allow them to rise up.

Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub
3. The base of the tower will become a park, with bridge to connect people to the station’s main lobby 

“The Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub, aims to resolve the inevitable challenges that cities will face by 2075, and offers a deliverable and sustainable solution for the future of the transport generation,” the duo said.

How it works
>> As the train travels close to the tower it transitions from horizontal formation, and ascends up the facade vertically
>> Individual compartments pivot similar to a ‘Ferris wheel’, allowing passengers within the carriage to remain in an upright position and facing towards the cityscape 
>> The carriages will be supported by a magnetic structure located at either side.
>> This eliminates the need for rails beneath, and allowing the carriages and its passengers to connect to the tower.
>> Passengers will travel into the main lobby allowing travellers to ascend through the atrium and through the platforms and onto the carriages.

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