The Anonymous Widower

Call For Thomas Heatherwick

I have just been re-reading the article in the April 2013 edition of Modern Railways, entitled Time for a fresh look at light rail.

The article says that if we are to get more tram systems in the UK, then they must be cheaper.  The writer argues that to be cheaper, they must be lighter and designed  without thinking too much of how you build a High Speed Train.

He also argues that they should be innovative in their collection of power, like the trams in Seville. I would go one stage further and use some kind of flywheel power storage, as proposed by Torotrak.

Perhaps now is the time to call for Thomas Heatherwick, to design a lightweight, virtually silent, stylish, high-capacity tram, that didn’t need to have overhead wiring all along its route. Seville has shown some of what can be done.  The team that successfully takes the next step, will create a revolution in trams.  And with luck make a fortune!

April 2, 2013 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

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