New high-speed rail could take you from Sydney to Melbourne in less than an hour

The train would make use of Hyperloop technology. Pic: Inverse

THE journey between Sydney and Melbourne could be as quick as your daily commute.

Hyperloop, developed by billionaire, and head of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk, is a technological company invested in a new high-speed rail network. This could mean that the journey between Sydney and Melbourne could take as little as 55 minutes.

The rail project will see magnetic train pods zip through low-pressure tubes at speeds more than 1,000 km/h. The project is currently at a conceptual stage, and early tests have been carried out on the propulsion technology.

Alan James, vice-president for worldwide business development at the Los Angeles-based firm told The Australian, ““Melbourne to Sydney is the third busiest air corridor in the world and we can give you Melbourne downtown to Sydney downtown in 55 minutes.”

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So we would be looking, either in NSW or Victoria, or possibly in ACT, to develop the first section of that route, to prove the operation of Hyperloop, to get regulatory approval.”

However, at this point, the technology is still more theoretical than real. A fully operational test site in Nevada will be ready in the first quarter in 2017.

James added, “This is not a ‘10 years away story’, this is not a ‘five years away story’, and literally months from now the world will be able to touch, smell and see an operational Hyperloop.”

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