The Anonymous Widower

Road-Rail Services Inaugurated

The title of this post, is the same as that as this article on Railway Gazette.

This first paragraph tells all.

The start of regular road-rail services on the Asa Kaigan Tetsudo in southeast Shikoku was marked with a ceremony at Awa-Kainan-Bunkamura on December 25.

I have found this video of the vehicles.

I do wonder if there is a simpler way.

In Zwickau in Germany on the Vogtlandbahn, standard Stadler diesel multiple units, run through the streets from the main station to a tram-stop like station in the centre of the town.

They are more of a train-tram, than a tram-train.

  • The train is fitted with orange warning lights.
  • The train shares the same corridor with a tram, that uses a different gauge, using three-rail track.
  • Access between the train and platform is more-or-less level and as good as, if not better than most German trains.
  • The platform at Zwickau Zentrum is an island platform, where the trams call at the other side.
  • The concept would work with any independently-powered multiple unit.

I am sure, where there are places where this will work in the UK.

We almost do the same thing at some seaside stations like Saltburn, Sheringham and St. Ives.



December 27, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 9 Comments

Road-Rail Midi-Buses To Start Revenue Service On December 25

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

There’s more about this bus in this article on Coach and Bus Week, which is entitled Japan Launches Road-Rail Bus.

Engineers have been trying to design a road-rail busfor decades. Finally, it looks like one is up and running.

December 21, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 7 Comments