This article is part of a series of three describing: (1) the rolling stock, (2) the construction and (3) the operation of the Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro is of standard BR width track, using a 1500 volt DC overhead catenary. There will be 90 metro cars used, each with 84 seats per car and a crush capacity of 272 passengers. Opening of the doors installed in a 1.3 M wide aperture will be by passengers after the trainman has operated a door release button at a station. The doors can only be closed by the driver. Superb riding quality has been achieved by the use of an air body suspension and a rubber axle suspension. Drivers are able to couple and uncouple metrocars from their cabs without shunters. Control equipment, based on the air/oil camshaft uses automatic acceleration. Braking is mainly rheostatic, supplemented by electro-pneumatic disc brakes and electro-magnetic track brakes. Electronic equipment measuring the speed of each independent axle, protects the car against wheel-spin during acceleration and braking. Safety devices fitted include a passenger emergency brake and an emergency door handle. For abstracts of parts 2 and 3 of this article see IRRD nos 248773 and 248774.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ian Allan Limited

    Terminal House
    Shepperton, Middlesex  England  TW17 8AS
  • Authors:
    • Haywood, P G
    • Price, J H
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

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  • Accession Number: 00322566
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1981 12:00AM