Global patent index - EP 1037786 A1

EP 1037786 A1 2000-09-27 - PASSENGER TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

Title (en)

PASSENGER TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

Title (de)

PERSONEN - BEFÖRDERUNGSSYSTEME

Title (fr)

SYSTEMES DE TRANSPORT DE PASSAGERS

Publication

EP 1037786 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 98961310 A

Priority

  • GB 9803808 W
  • GB 9726906 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: GB2332658A] A passenger transport system where passengers travel in a capsules 2 (individually or in small numbers) and the capsules travel within a tube 1 in which a vacuum or partial vacuum is maintained (the purpose being to avoid air resistance). The capsules have wheels 3,4 and run on tracks 5 within the tube. Capsules are pulled through the tube at a constant speed using a chain 7 or cord arrangement in a continuous loop. Entry/exit stations, along the tube, handle capsule acceleration and deceleration and have the necessary mechanics to permit passenger entry/exit to the capsule whilst avoiding loss of vacuum. An overall automatic control system determines capsule departure times to avoid collisions on tube entry and overload at destination stations.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

B61B 13/10; B61B 13/12

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

B61B 13/10 (2006.01); B61B 13/12 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

B61B 13/12 (2013.01); B61B 13/10 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9930949A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

BE CH DE FR GB LI NL

EPO simple patent family

GB 2332658 A 19990630; GB 9726906 D0 19980218; AU 1677099 A 19990705; EP 1037786 A1 20000927; WO 9930949 A1 19990624

INPADOC legal status

2002-01-09 [18W] WITHDRAWN

- Ref Legal Event Code: 18W

- Date of withdrawal: 20011102

2001-07-18 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Ref Legal Event Code: 17Q

- Effective date: 20010606

2000-09-27 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Ref Legal Event Code: 17P

- Effective date: 20000714

2000-09-27 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Ref Legal Event Code: AK

- Designated State(s): BE CH DE FR GB LI NL