The Anonymous Widower

The Shape Of Trains To Come

The replacement trains for the sub-surface lines of London Underground, show a lot of clever thinking to deliver effectively two different but identical trains.

For the Metropolitan line, an eight car train is needed, with a generous proportion of seats, as the line goes a long way into Metroland.

For the Hammersmith and City, District and Circle lines, a seven car train is needed, with longitudinal seating.

Bombardier came up with the S Class train, which satisfies both these requirements.  It is a unique design for the Underground, in that it is through-gangway train, where you can walk from end-to-end.

The replacement trains for the rest of the Underground, will probably borrow heavily on this design.

I travel on these trains about once a week or so and feel they are a great improvement on the previous trains. I first used them, during the Olympics to get back from Wembley Stadium, where they were able to move 1,500 or so people a time away from the stadium, in an air-conditioned train. The A Class trains they replaced had more seats, but a smaller capacity and a ventilation system from the 1960s.

May 8, 2013 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

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