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Aventras Have Underfloor Heating

I have underfloor heating in my house, so why shouldn’t trains.

In this article on Global Rail News, which is entitled First look around Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Aventra mock-up, this is said.

Instead of body-side heaters encroaching on leg room, under-floor heating has been used, seats are cantilevered too to save on space and there will be no doors separating vehicles.

These pictures show the heating in various trains.

Note.

Can this be why the Class 345 trains give an impression of width?

September 14, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | 7 Comments

The Garden Station

Stations increasingly are getting to be very grand and expensive buildings.

I was musing today about the design of the Windsor Royal station on the proposed Windsor Link Railway.

This railway could be a double-track railway between the current Windsor and Eton Riverside station and the Slough To Windsor And Eton Line, created in a cut-and-cover tunnel across Windsor.

Much of the area of the route is either car parks or gardens.

The station could be a single island platform with the following characteristics.

  • The platform would be long enough for the longest trains to use the route.
  • The platform would be wide enough to incorporate booking, passenger and staff facilities in a relaxed layout in the middle.
  • Escalator and lift entrances at several places along the platform.
  • Minimalist surface buildings much like the fosteritos of the Bilbao Metro.
  • Light pipes and other ideas could give the station a lot of natural light.

The surface area would be one large garden with walking routes to the sights of the town.

Any car parking would surely be provided at a Park-and-Ride station outside of the town.

 

September 14, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment