Rail News

Adaptable Carriage Unveiled for Mixed Passenger and Freight Rail

An innovative new system to stow seats within passenger train carriages to create space for freight during off-peak services has been designed with funding from RSSB.

A demonstration module was on display at this year’s Railtex exhibition and the new system is now available for train operating companies to trial.

Mixed Passenger and Freight Rail Carriage

Adaptable Carriage Passenger Freight RailThe new seating system will for the first time enable train operating companies to configure specific carriages to carry either passengers or high-value freight. The technology can be retrofitted into existing carriages or integrated into new build designs and is fully compatible with both steel-frame and modern aluminium train carriage designs using cantilevered seats. The seats are designed to maximise passenger comfort and are specially engineered to add minimal extra weight to the carriage compared with existing industry standard seats.

Related Post:  Deutsche Bahn Launches HOLOPLOT 'Laser Beam' Passenger Announcements

The Adaptable Carriage

All the seats, tables and draught screens within each section of the carriage are connected and can be moved along the length of the carriage via a system that also acts to cover the working mechanism when in passenger configuration. The control system ensures that all seats are safely secured whether carrying passenger or freight. The reconfiguration process is fully automated and takes under three minutes to complete, meaning the 20 rows of seats in a typical passenger carriage can be compressed to create cargo space equivalent to the capacity of an articulated lorry.

The carriage will help ease road congestion, cut emissions and provide faster delivery times for online customers. It was designed by 42 Technology, one of the winners of the Tomorrow’s Train Design Today competition.

Related Post:  Delhi Metro Line 7 Section Opens with Bombardier CITYFLO 650 System

Original article © RSSB.

FOR ALL THE LATEST INFORMATION, NEWS, IMAGES, VIDEOS AND ARTICLES ON ALL ASPECTS OF TRAIN INTERIORS, PLEASE CLICK HERE

News categories

    22 Mar 2019
    TfL Completes ‘Sale and Leaseback’ Deal for Elizabeth Line Trains
    22 Mar 2019
    The CP6 Launch Event in Liverpool Proves a Big Success
    20 Mar 2019
    Eurotunnel Gives Bombardier PAX Shuttle Refurbishment Contract
    20 Mar 2019
    See UK’s First Hydrogen Train at Rail Live 2019
    18 Mar 2019
    Vivarail’s Patented Fast Charge Battery System a Success
    14 Mar 2019
    Network Rail CP6 Contracts for Central England Announced
    11 Mar 2019
    13 Must-Read Rail News Stories – Industry Insider for Week 10
    08 Mar 2019
    Mechan Welcomes Anniversary Visit from Local MP
    Subscribe
    Subscribe to Railway-News
    Get the latest contract alerts and Railway News emailed directly to your inbox.

    We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously.

    Please tick to confirm you would like to receive emails we think may be of interest to you. We sometimes tailor the content you see to what we think you'll find interesting, and so monitor your interaction with our website and email content (find out more).