The QUADRAIL SUPERWIDE TRAIN is a train that rides on four rails.
The tracks would be standard gauge (56 1/2" rail spacing) and two pairs of tracks
would be gauged 15 feet from center-to-center, by common ties (presumably reinforced
concrete). (This would add an extra five feet per tie.)
The QUADRAIL TRAIN would be about 25 feet wide (2 1/2 times the width of a standard
gauge train) and haul 2 1/2 to 3+ times the freight of a standard gauge train.
The QUADRAIL freight trains would haul from two and a half to over three times the
freight, per given length, of a standard gauge train. This would improve the energy
efficiency of rail transportation.
QUADRAIL automobile carrier flatcars would be rapidly side-loaded and unloaded, making
them an attractive alternative to long distance drives on interstate roadways, thus
reducing highway congestion.
The passenger QUADRAIL train would be more comfortable than a standard gauge passenger
train, have a lower center-of-gravity, due to its greater width, and higher speed
capability, smoother ride and stability.
Furthermore, existing standard gauge trains could use the QUADRAIL tracks as well.
No special track would be required, as is the case for a “LIM”, or “Mag-Lev” train.
View more photos of the train models or a video of the functional models by clicking
the links above.