HyRail Features Overview

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HyRail is a HYbrid combination of the above 3 rail types, taking the best qualities of each and leaving the drawbacks.  It uses the wide stance, high capacity and high speeds of the Heavy Rail, the low visual/audio/construction impacts found in a straddle beam monorail, the climbing capabilities and low operating costs associated with Linear Induction Motors, and the bonus lateral wheels for high stability, speed and safety... all qualities needed for a corridor like the Sepulveda Pass. 

HyRail has the ability to lower construction and operating costs by up to 2/3rd, is completely grade separated, can go up to 125+ mph, and greatly increase metro capacity with Quadruple Tracking at a fraction of the cost of other modalities.  HyRail is also modular and can be used to convert an existing rail line or add an express service above it at minimal cost. 

Hyrail leaves behind...

  • High Construction Cost associated with elevating a Heavy or Light Rail Train

  • Low stability balance beam act and slower speeds of a monorail

  • Weight of Heavy & Light Rail trains

  • Years of surface construction

  • High operating costs from mechanical and wear & tear

Being fiscally responsible never looked so good!

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Flange-less steel wheels

In many ways, HyRail looks similar to Heavy and Light Rail systems using metal wheels.  The advantage of HyRail's wheel sets is that they have no flanges; meaning, the wheels don't have the loud screeching sound from the siding that is constantly searching for the track.  Because HyRail has no moving mechanical parts, the wheels are free-wheeling making minimal noise and operational costs are drastically cut down.  The position of both the load wheels and the guide wheels has it be that derailment is virtually impossible, setting a precedent of speed and safety.  It's speedy, near silent operation fit right at home in neighborhoods and commercial districts. 


monorail beams/pylons

HyRail is constructed the same way as a monorail, and this has many advantages...

-Beams & Pylons can be pre-casted in a factory then trucked in for minimal on-site construction and lower costs

-Pylons are light weight and minimize the added costs of utility relocation

-Can easily be placed in medians of roadways

-Costs are controlled via factory production of materials and engineering

-Like monorail; HyRail is completely grade separated and fully automated allowing driver to switch to position of train conductors, there to validate fares and ensure the safety of passengers


linear induction motor (seraphim)

Induction motors are a part of our every day lives and are growing in use.  They can be found in Ceiling Fans, Elevators, airport baggage handling systems, roller coasters and existing rail transit systems.  HyRail uses a newer version of the Linear Induction Motor called a SERAPHIM, short for SEgmented RAil PHased Induction Motor.  The advantage of this type of propulsion is that they rely on magnets to propel the train and not the friction created from an on board engine.  This type of propulsion is ideal for climbing and braking on steep/hilly grades (10%) and has lower operating costs because of the lack of mechanical moving parts.  A Linear Induction Motor is a must to keep speeds high and safety in check for the mountainous I-405 Sepulveda Pass Corridor. 

The induction motor is visible in the above picture as the silver strip laying between the tracks.

Examples of LIMs in transit:

Vancouver Skytrain (pictured above), JFK Airtrain in New York City, Detroit People Mover, Toronto Subway Line 3, Tokyo Metro

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Cost Per Mile : $120-$200

Construction: Light

Top Speed: 125 mph

Capacity: 1,800

Powered by: 3rd Rail & (SERAPHIM) Linear Induction Motor

Propulsion: Non-Friction based

Blue: Load Carrying Wheels (Lightly Loaded 2.5mt)  Yellow: Guide Wheels (Center of Gravity 60cm above guide wheels)  Red: Linear Induction Motor SERAPHIM (*Newer Version*)

Blue: Load Carrying Wheels (Lightly Loaded 2.5mt)

Yellow: Guide Wheels (Center of Gravity 60cm above guide wheels)

Red: Linear Induction Motor SERAPHIM (*Newer Version*)