Light Railway for Quest City
for Grades 10 - 12 (Technical English/Transport)
Leonhardt and Claudia Rühmekorb-Schwindt
The former military airfield
northeast of Quest City is being converted into a holiday charter airport.
The City Council and the Airport company have agreed to create a public
transport system which links the airport to the city going beyond to
the recreational area as well (see map below). The Council members, for
environmental reasons, are favouring a rail system and have advertised a
competition among globally operating planners. You are members of such a
planning company and have to submit an overall concept for an appropriate
Light Railway system. At this early planning stage financial matters may
still be neglected.
Click on map to get pdf-version.
You are requested to present
a light railway concept for Quest City which interlinks all places of
interest in a sensible way. It must not consist of more than two separate
lines. In your introduction you will show that you have the most
comprehensive knowledge about environmentally-friendly passenger transport.
You will also impress your audience with important details of three already
perfectly running railway systems that you have designed.
In the course of your presentation you
will demonstrate and explain
the routing: stops (where
and why?), tunnels, bridges, future extensions
- the type of
railway: tram or underground etc., speed, gauge
- the types of
vehicles (special needs?), capacity
- train frequency
and number of trains
- proposed design
(shape, colours, name, logo)
- First you'll be
assigned to a team of 3 students.
- Print out as many copies
of the area map as you will need.
- Inform yourself about the
environmental compatibility of these railways to include a short report in
- Find out about the
details of already existing light railways so that in your presentation you
can pretend to have planned three of them with your staff and report about
their advantages. Useful information may be found here:
Light rail information
- Based on the map, draw a routing plan showing all
- Based on your findings in
the Web, decide which railway concept would be the most appropriate for the
Quest City area. Consider e.g. the following aspects:
routing, tunnels or bridges, stops, type of vehicles, train frequency,
capacity, speed, gauge (use of existing railtrack?), future extension
- Create a design of your
railway (shape, colours, name, logo, etc.)
Visit the manufacturers' homepages:
- Prepare a presentation to
persuade the councillors of the excellence of your concept. You may use
any presentation devices available (posters, transparencies, maps etc.)