The development of new coaches for the internal services of the French National Railways (S.N.C.F.) is described, beginning with an in-depth study of the wishes of the traveling public, 80% of whom, accounting for 70% of the revenue, seek improved second-class accommodations. For economic reasons, attractive, modern, second-class coaches would draw revenue away from obsolescent first-class coaches, so it was decided to provide new first-class coaches also, along similar limes, to provide trains with uniformly modern cars. Both new designs are 26.4 m long overall, with 80 seats in second class, 58 seats in first class. First class has both wider seats and a wider aisle (2 seats on one side, one on the other, instead of pairs of seats on both sides). Features of air-travel amenities have been incorporated, such as indirect general lighting, plus individually controlled reading lights, individual pull-down tables in the back of the seat ahead, luggage racks for small items, with an end-of-car storage erea for heavy baggage, refreshment cubicles at one end of eadh car, and a public address system. The air-conditioning system is capable of maintaining 22 C when the external temperature ranges from -20 C to +24 C; when the external temperature exceeds 24 C, the interior temperature can be regulated to 20 C plus half the amount by which the external temperature exceeds 20 C.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federation des Industries Ferroviaires

    12 rue Bixio
    75007 Paris,   France 
  • Authors:
    • Ravel, J
    • Bernard, J P
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 37-56
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00129142
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 19 1976 12:00AM