In memoriam

In memoriam


Detlev Schubsky (1953-2006) was a sociologist and for many years a public relations manager for the Transrapid project at the Emsland test facility in Germany.

United States of America 

John Harding was the Chief Maglev Scientist for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Dr. Harding has a Ph.D. in physics

Germany, European Union

Dieter Spethmann (* March 27, 1926 in Essen, † February 1, 2016 in Dusseldorf) was a German lawyer and industrial manager. He was CEO of Thyssen AG.

Gerhard Hugenberg was a pioneer in the development of maglev transportation systems in Germany.  In cooperation with German ministries, he succeeded in building the famous Transrapid test facility in Emsland, northern Germany.

Dipl.-Ing. Karl-Hartmut Blesik passed away unexpectedly on November 8, 2006. He was one of the founders of the former German "Magnetbahnforum".

Rolf "Tullum" Trauernicht was an entrepreneur and the founder of the Trauco Group. He was a member of the International Maglev Board since 2009. Rolf Trauernicht had been actively promoting a Trans-European Maglev


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