How To Future-Proof A Train System

November 24, 2015

There is still a lot of small-scale thinking in the train world. Andreas Vogler wants to change that.

It’s well-documented that the United Kingdom’s trains are overcrowded. Some regional lines are as much as 86% over capacity. Congestion plagues train systems all over the world from San Francisco to New York to Mumbai. The solution isn’t as easy as putting more of the same trains into commission; it’s about future-proofing the trains that come next.Website Insert Development Finance and Management copy

Switzerland-based architect Andreas Vogler is working with Matteo Mazzero, Sebastian Wolf, and the German Aerospace Center on a concept for the UK called the Aeroliner3000. In the past, Vogler has worked on interiors for Asiana and Corsair airlines, concepts for space tourism, and a Mars rover. While transportation is an ongoing interest, the train represents a new category for him.

The Aeroliner3000 is one of three finalists in Tomorrow’s Train Design Today, a competition hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the FutureRailway Team, and the Department for Transport (DfT). The aim is to find a way to reengineer passenger trains that can accommodate more capacity within the existing railway infrastructure of tracks, tunnels, and stations.

Their solution? Bring the train carriage closer to the track. That way you can create taller trains, which accommodate more passengers—think double-deckers—while still fitting through narrow tunnels and low bridges. Vogler and his team have completed a feasibility study and are working on a full-scale prototype, which will be exhibited in September 2016.

Read the full story by writer Diana Budds and see many fascinating illustrations in Fast Company by clicking here.

 

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