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Build an air tight Tube that goes from Point A to Point B. Inside this tube resides a railed transport. The transport is held to the tube via super slippery rails. A gap of whatever is necessary is provided between the Transport and the Tube.

Transport has Jet engine going through it. Jet engine thrust backwards, all air not going into jet engine flows around the vehicle via the gap.

Passengers ride in the Transport, and the transport is built around this Jet engine. The Jet engine is built to rotate, allowing for the vehicle to tilt slightly for corners, directing any G forces downward relative to the Passengers 'down'.

EvilPickels, Dec 28 2005

Vacuum_20Train [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Dec 28 2005]

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       You don't want to know what happens when something goes... wrong.
EvilPickels, Dec 28 2005
  

       Thing is, if you just create a vacuum in front of the shuttle you wouldn't need the jet. [link]   

       Hoping for something with a bit more Fat Larry.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Aug 31 2011
  

       This can't be right. The Eurostar takes two or three hours to reach Paris from London, despite the fact that Paris sucks.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 31 2011
  

       The tube is air-tight, so all the reaction mass (apart from the fuel) for the jet is already in the tube.
Explain how that works again?
TolpuddleSartre, Sep 01 2011
  
      
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