Starman Jones by Robert Heinlein:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Farm boys want to go to the stars, don't they? Well, in Heinlein juveniles, they certainly do. Tired of working the family farm in the Ozarks, Max Jones tries to join the Astrogator's Guild, as his uncle did before him. Select an invention:

Dirtside
The surface of a planet.

Ring Road - mag-lev old-style
A magnetically levitated train.

 

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