Forever Moving Trains

Inspired by the infrastructure of the internet, Moving Platforms is a completely interconnected rail system where local trams connect to a network of non-stop high speed trains enabling passengers to travel from their local stop to a local address at their destination (even another country) without getting off a train. Sounds far out right?! Hit the jump and watch the interview with the designer to see how it works!

Moving Platforms involves a network of high speed trains that run non-stop between two ends of a continent, Los Angeles to New York for instance. The high speed trains run on a line that passes outside towns and cities with a network of local feeder trams that carry passengers from local stops out to meet them. As they near each other, the high speed train slows down slightly and the tram speeds up alongside it, at which point the trains physically connect via a docking system allowing passengers to transfer directly across from the tram to the high speed train and vice versa.

Once transfers are complete, the trains separate, with the high speed train speeding up again along its route, and the tram slowing down and going back into the town or city centre with the newly disembarked passengers.

The tram, in effect, acts as a moving station. The same system could also be used by passengers transferring from one high speed train to another.

Designer: priestmangoode

Paul Priestman introduces Moving Platforms from Priestmangoode on Vimeo.


  • Jim Hubbard says:

    How does he think people will get on the trams? How do you get people onto the trams without stopping them?

    If you say the trams will stop, well you haven’t eliminated train stations, you’ve just moved them.

  • Redo says:

    i wonder how these guys are still working. this is the most meaningless concept i have seen in a long time, looks like from a student… it will be harder than aerial refueling which is the most dangerous maneuver a top gun pilot does

  • Train says:

    The idea is old. I read about this ten years ago. It`s way to complicated this way. Would be much easier do dock a little train at the end. People transfer an undock…

  • Edward says:

    On the papers nice idea, but not possible in the reality.

    1.) how long must be the distance/take so that an old woman, stands up, take her bag, move to the “exit” and transfer to the next train… won’t it be more expensive than to build a trainstation

    2.) what happens if the old lady falls and the trakes ends.. both has to split and “good bye old lady” or both train have to break simultanly (what will be not easily/impossible)

    3.) won’t it be easier to connect the trains/wagons

  • Shik-kai says:

    Interesting idea, although not very well thought out, trains matching speed , acceleration and braking , plausible . Loading , unloading of passengers, plausible , but you’ll need a great , if not perfect plan to achieve this

  • Dhiraj says:

    But what is that we are gaining out of it ?

    With any innovative design like these, I seek a problem to be its harbinger so that it could be solved for a bigger good and better tomorrow.
    Else we might have innumerable brainfarts but rarely resulting into something that could be put to a needed use.

    Is it the space we are trying to save on, time or is it the money – would like to knom more directly from the horse’s mouth.

  • Chris says:

    The highest commercial speed for a high-speed rail in 2012 is 186 mph, L.A. to NYC is roughly 2,446 mi, making the trip a little over 13 hours.

    This is a great alternative for those that don’t like to / cannot use commercial airlines. This is more of a ‘America needs a highspeed rail’ combined with ‘This should be available to everyone across the country’. Going away from cities will also create some good scenic routes – provided that the construction doesn’t obliterate the environment it’s going through.

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