How it works

Capacity and speed

Magway carriages have a headway of 50 milliseconds, equating to 72,000 carriages per hour (12 million deliveries per week) through each pipe in both directions.

Magway is optimised to travel at a speed of 15 m/s (31 mph or 54 km/h). 

Linear motors and drives

The propulsion system employs linear synchronous motors (LSMs).
The LSMs for Magway are a bespoke design to meet the unique performance requirements of the system. 

The benefits of using LSMs for the Magway system are:

  • Removes the "engine" and fuel storage from the vehicles and replaces these with an intelligent propulsion track that is shared by the vehicles

  • Lightweight vehicles 

  • Small track footprint

  • Capture and reuse of energy

 

Mechanically, linear motors are extremely reliable, having no moving parts in the drivetrain, they require limited service and maintenance. The durability of linear motors is evidenced by Force Engineering’s linear motors operating reliably for over 30 years in amusement park rides without ever needing to be replaced.

Track

A robust and balanced mechanical design which allows for:

  • tight radius of curvature (less than 5 m for low speed sections and 18 m for high-speed sections);

  • the airgap between the primary windings and magnet arrays to be maintained within tolerance; and

  • multiple track switching options