New double-deck coaches developed for French suburban rail services are described. Four different coach types have been established: a 2nd Class coach (Be), a mixed 1st and 2nd Class coach (ABe), a 2nd Class coach with luggage compartment (BDe), a 2nd Class coach with reversing cab (Bxe). Each train is to have at one end a Bxe coach, at the other a BDe coach adjoining the motive power unit, the remainder (5,6 or 7 cars) being made up of Be and ABe coaches. The coaches are 24. 28 m long over buffers, and 2. 73 wide inside, except that the Bxe is 0.50m longer to provide more room for the driver. The total number of fixed seats per car is: 164 for Be, 144 for ABe, 156 for BDe, 132 for Bxe. Standing space is provided for: 132 in Be, 124 in ABe, 127 in BDe, 135 in Bxe. Heating and ventilating equipment is mounted in each car. Primary suspension is on V-shaped rubber springs; pneumatic secondary springs can be adjusted to maintain constant body height above track level irrespective of load. Coach Bxe includes a converter set to supply 380 v (neutral output) 50 Hz, 3-phase current for lighting, heating and air compression; a rectifier charges a 320 amp hr, 24v battery. The coaches can be operated on lines electrified at 1500v dc or 2500 v single-phase ac. Dimensioned drawings are shown for coaches Bxe and Be.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federation des Industries Ferroviaires

    12 rue Bixio
    75007 Paris,   France 
  • Authors:
    • Tachet, P
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Accession Number: 00071774
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 20 1974 12:00AM