MagLev Train introduces visitors to magnetic levitation as a form of transportation. The Maglev Train has two levels of track mounted to the same framework that run parallel to the actual train track across the street from the museum. The first track is flat while the second track has a hill in the middle. Both tracks have a double row of magnets inside a covered channel. The train cars have magnets facing the opposite pole of the magnets in the track sandwiched between layers. When placed on the track, the train cars ‘hover’ due to the opposing magnets. Visitors can push the cars along the track to see how far they will travel. Each train car has a rubber bumper on either end. The bumpers allow for train cars to be pushed into each other to experiment with elastic and inelastic collisions. Each track has stops to keep the train cars from falling off the ends.
Exhibit concept designs provided by Gyroscope Inc.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, GA
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