CROSS CHANNEL VIABILITY OF SRN4 OWES MUCH TO BR'S IN SERVICE DEVELOPMENT

Pioneered by Seaspeed, a British Rail subsidiary, in 1968, the first SRN 4 hovercraft produced by British Hovercraft Corporation (BHC) was soon afterwards also operated by Hoverlloyd. The two companies now carry 30% of short route cross-channel car and passenger traffic. Cancellation of the channel tunnel will inevitably throw an increasing burden onto existing cross-channel services. Most of this will be passengers and cars, the very traffic that hovercraft services have proved best able to handle and this is expected to double by 1990. This article briefly reviews some of the major problems encountered and solutions found to reduce down the time due to engineering problems from 28.6% in 1968 to 1.98% in 1974. Areas covered are skirts, propellers, main engines, systems and controls, transmissions, fuel supply and the main hull structure.

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    Design Council

    29 Haymarket
    London SW14 4SU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Challis, H
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 92-95
  • Serial:
    • ENGINEERING
    • Volume: 216
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: GILLARD WELCH LIMITED
    • ISSN: 0013-7782

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131501
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Design Council
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1978 12:00AM