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Lightweight Tramway Systems and Rail vehicles for the 21st Century
Event Date/Time: 18 February 2009 19:30 to 21:30
Event Type: Technical Lecture
Industry Sector: Automotive
Dunton Technical Centre
Ford Motor Company Ltd
Product Development Europe
John Parry MBE FRSA,
Parry People Movers Ltd
John Parry, the man behind the Parry People Movers concept of lightweight rail vehicles with on-board flywheel energy storage, asks: how heavy does transport by rail needs to be?
The lecture examines the reasons why railways look the way they do – immutable law of physics or accident of the chronology of invention? The way that railways were built 150 years ago affects the way we think of them today and for the future, but is there another way in which the inherent advantages of rail transport could expand the mode’s adoption past the boundaries where transport planners say ‘it can only be done by bus’?
Building on what has been achieved by Parry People Movers Ltd – and learning lessons along the way – the talk will extrapolate from today’s situation into a future where short-distance local public transport serves far more people than it does today, not only in the UK but internationally.
Rail transport has a far wider potential than most people realise, and could be a key tool in the development of African, Asian and South American nations – all will be explained.
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