Before the 760mph Hyperloop dream, there was the atmospheric railway

B. Corpet : illustration, auteur T. Delangle, ouvrage de Louis Figuier publié par Furne, Jouvet et cie, 1867

A while back, a reader e-mailed me about a Hyperloop article I had written. He said the article reminded him of an experimental railway system—called an “atmospheric railway”—that was constructed in London in the 1840s. The system essentially connected a train to a piston which lived...

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