The future's for sale: Germany auctions maglev train

The future's for sale: Germany auctions maglev train
In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2008 file photo, people watch the then new Transrapid train TR09 on the tracks of the magnetic highspeed train test course in Lathen, northern Germany. Germany is auctioning off a maglev train that officials once hoped would speed up transport at home and become a major export success. The train is on show Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11-12, 2016, to would-be buyers at a former test track in northwestern Germany, near the Dutch border. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, File)

Germany is auctioning off a maglev train that officials once hoped would speed up transport at home and become a major export success.

The Transrapid train is on show Tuesday and Wednesday to would-be buyers at a former test track in northwestern Germany, near the Dutch border. Bidding closes on Oct. 25.

The government hasn't set a minimum bid price for the train, a prototype built in 2007 for an abandoned high-speed maglev link project that would have linked Munich with its .

A Transrapid line went into operation between Shanghai and its airport, but various proposals for links in Germany flopped.

In 2006, 23 people were killed when a crashed with a maintenance vehicle on the German test track. The track hasn't been used since 2011.


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Oct 11, 2016
So much that Hitler spouted about his 'master race'...so much crap. Here is graphic evidence. The Chinese and Japanese are making a go of maglev where that Germans just did not have the intelligence to make it work nor the guts to see the project through. Sad because I am German and ashamed of this failure.

Oct 11, 2016
Maybe they should just mothball it until the next worlds fair.

Oct 11, 2016
So much that Hitler spouted about his 'master race'...so much crap. Here is graphic evidence. The Chinese and Japanese are making a go of maglev where that Germans just did not have the intelligence to make it work nor the guts to see the project through. Sad because I am German and ashamed of this failure.


Well, they tried and they failed. That doesn't mean they can't do anything right. Blaming the whole country is barely of your right, and certainly not of your duty.

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