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The elevated tracks and train are part of a multi-million-dollar venture in the fledgling technology of magnetic levitation. Advocates say maglev trains could one day whisk travelers from place to place at up to 300 miles an hour.
Tony Morris, president of American Maglev Technology, uses the train and track to demonstrate maglev travel to potential customers and investors.
Starting last July, he built 2,000 feet of track on a flat stretch between Austell and Powder Springs in southwestern Cobb County. Up to 35 employees work in two trailers a few hundred yards beyond the end of an inconspicuous gate and road.
Morris had hoped to keep development under wraps, but curious passers-by are finding a way to his door, Morris said, especially on days when the train zips along at speeds up to 60 mph.