The paper briefly describes the commuter situation in most great cities of the world today, and gives some background as to why the situation has arisen. The basic elements of train movement are briefly considered with special reference to urban and suburban traffic, and the salient requirements from this are combined with other electrical, mechanical, and passenger amenity features to form a picture of the general requirements for this type of stock. Examples are given of modern stock designed to meet the requirements. The new high-density stock of British railways is described and reference is made to the London Transport Victoria Line stock with particular reference to automatic train operation. Short descriptions are then given of north American practices, followed by a brief review of European developments. From these examples a general similarity in design emerges which very adequately meets the requirements of the commuter problem, and it is suggested by the author that an urban railway system in conjunction with other forms of street transport can provide a suitable overall solution to this modern and increasing problem. /TRRL/


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1-19
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 184
    • Issue Number: 3S

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00291117
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 19 1981 12:00AM