A distinction is made in public rail transport services between rapid transit, underground, urban railways and tramways with their different roles in respect of carrying capacity, distance between halts, service speed and distinctive operating areas within the cities, in the region, or in inter-urban services. Common to all is the wish to provide an attractive service with respect to passenger comfort and convenience, traction dynamics and profitability, i.e., a low level of expenditure on upkeep and energy. New railcars must meet these requirements to a high degree. Lightweight construction, new types of drive, electronic controls, new ideas on heating and ventilating as well as other developments make an important contribution. The successful efforts of the Association of Public Transport Enterprises to standardize many vehicle features and components will be taken into account in the further developments and will also have an influence on the design of new vehicles for foreign railways.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hestra Verlag

    Holzhofallee 33, Postfach 4244
    6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Scholtis, G
  • Publication Date: 1980-4


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00319981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 29 1981 12:00AM