The country's first magnetic-levitation train system will be built to transport guests at the Resort at New Morgan near Morgantown, Pa.
The train system, based on a British technology used as a people-mover at the Birmingham, England, airport, will be a joint venture of the Pickering Group, the developer of the sprawling 4,200-acre resort, and American Mag-Lev Inc. of Pitman, officials of the venture said.Design work for the mag-lev system began last month and operations are scheduled to begin in 1990.
The site, just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, was a Bethlehem Steel Corp. iron ore mine before Pickering acquired it in 1985.
The transport system, which would use magnets to lift 35-passenger vehicles and move them along a guideway, would carry resort guests at 25 to 35 miles an hour from a parking area to the 1,000-room hotel and nearby Victorian shopping village. No cars would be allowed in most of the development.
A mag-lev system using West German technology that is similar to the British system but which also uses wheels to help move the vehicles, is under construction in downtown Las Vegas, Nev.