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# SIMPLE MAGLEV TRAIN ©1996 W. Beaty

 MAGLEV TRACK, board VIEW FROM THE END board ____ ____ | | | | | | | | | | magnet magnet | | | | row row | | | | _____ _____ | | __|____|____|_____|______________|_____|____|____|__ |____________________________________________________| wood or cardboard
MAGLEV TRACK, WITH FLOATING
CARDBOARD CAR IN PLACE
____       (end view)                     ____
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|    | __________________________________ |    |
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|    |    |_____|              |_____|    |    |
|    |     _____                _____     |    |
__|____|____|_____|______________|_____|____|____|__
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Once you get this part working, you can build a much longer track. You can build a real car too, one that looks like a train, although you'll have to find very lightweight construction materials. You can try thinking up ways to reduce the friction with the side rails. Maybe try aluminum angle strips instead of wood, or sand the wood smooth and paint it with something hard and shiny.

But how can you drive your train forward? I don't know. You'll have to think of something. There are only two ways to move a hovering object. One is to grab something on the ground and pull or push forwards (this includes tilting the rail to become a ramp; using gravity to pull the car forwards.) The other way is to force something out the back, which drives the car forward. Use the car to launch marbles rolling down a tiny ramp? Use a propellor? Squirt water? Rocket engine?

More advanced project: Linear Motor Train Propulsion

• MAGNET MAN'S VERSION, levitating train
• Simple linear motor w/sliding contacts

• ## CERAMIC MAGNET SUPPLIERS

•  STUPID BILL B. VIDEOS! educational too. But no less stupid! DRAW A HOLOGRAM DIY GENERATOR MICROWAVE MAYHEM BOTTLE SMASH! EATING dry ice! Dangerous Maglev!

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(try "science fair" too)

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