The Cloudraker is a radical concept which combines both air and rail travel allowing passengers to reach their city centre destinations much more quickly and efficiently.
Flying, disembarking and transferring to other modes of transportation is very time consuming. The Cloudraker concept tries to envision a way in which regional planes and regional trains can be combined. The concept was inspired in part by the opening scene of the book Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson. The name Cloudraker was inspired by a recent snowmobiling trip near Pemberton BC. One of the mountains nearby was named Cloudraker and it seemed like the perfect name for this radical and challenging concept!
How it Works
The Cloudraker is an aircraft that would be designed to safely approach and detach its fuselage on an automated train platform travelling on a city bound rail line. Once the aircraft has aligned itself and made contact with the platform, the fuselage would lock in place and the wings (and electric engines) would detach themselves from the cigar shaped cabin to fly away for another pick-up.
The passengers and crew would remain in the fuselage which would then travel on the electric train platform to a central transport hub where passengers would disembark.
Outgoing passengers would arrive at the city centre train station and embark onto the ‘traincraft’ cabin. After leaving the city’s suburbs, the flying ‘Cloudraker’ wing would make its approach and connect to the fuselage automatically. The Cloudraker would then lift off the fuselage, gain speed and begin its regional flight.
The Cloudraker concept was imagined in March 2019 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Ashish Thulkar, an Industrial Designer from Bangalore, India. Ashish graduated with a master’s degree in design from the Indian Institute of Science in 2014. Ashish currently works as a freelance vehicle designer in Mumbai, India. He also created the images of the Ascent concept for Imaginactive.