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Caterpillar train

  • Caterpillar Trains, an idea meant to take the train system to residential areas.
  • Indian Railways engineer has just won a global competition on innovations at Boston’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya, 43, a 1997-batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, will now present his idea to academicians and town planners.
  • This train envisages a citywide network of lightweight, elevated train coaches running at about 100 kmph on a track supported by poles bent into arches.
  • The strength of the concept is its simplicity and its practicability.
  • The C-Train envisages a series of small, seating-only cars that would be “as high as an SUV” and capable of accommodating 20 passengers at a time.
  • The coaches would have wheels both below and on top, so they can travel on the track and under it — giving it the appearance of a caterpillar.

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