TILTING TRAINS FOR VIRGIN CROSSCOUNTRY TAKE SHAPE

Carbody tilting is an attractive train technology for use on winding routes, because its allows travel over curves at higher speeds without affecting passenger comfort. However, care must be taken to ensure that safety requirements are met, and that the vehicle's extra complexity does not reduce rolling stock availability. Tilting trains are to be introduced into the UK to enable higher-speed trains and lower journey times. For example, Bombardier Transportation is supplying Virgin Rail group with 78 diesel-electric multiple units (DEMUs) for its CrossCountry services. Bombardier will also be responsible for maintaining the new trains and CrossCountry's existing trains until Virgin's franchise ends in 2012. The new trains will consist of 40 five-car tilting DEMUs, four four-car tilting DEMUs, and 34 four-car non-tilting DEMUs. Between Summer 1998 and Summer 2003, the respective journey times from Birmingham to Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Reading will be reduced from 1h27min to 1h2min, 1h36min to 1h16min, 3h16min to 2h43min, 4h52min to 3h30min, and 1h50min to 1h14min. Tilting trains are not only faster than conventional trains, but require no major infrastructure investment to achieve their higher average speeds. The tilting mechanisms are fault-tolerant, reliable, and, ultimately, fail-safe.

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    RUSSELL PUBLISHING LTD

    4 BOURLET CLOSE
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  W1P 7PJ
  • Authors:
    • Thomas, M
  • Publication Date: 1999

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 52-6
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  • Accession Number: 00788414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2000 12:00AM