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Stunning double decker trains around the world

Last updated on: February 14, 2012 12:34 IST

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Bilevel cars or double decker trains are a blessing for travelers as they help in increasing passenger capacity.

While longer trains need longer stations, double decker trains can accommodate more people at one time and as a result have more frequency of services.

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Image: Dutch bilevel train at Amsterdam station.

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For cost and safety, this design also minimises car height (loading gauge) and lowers the centre of gravity.

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Image: IC 2000 between Zurich and Luzern.

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The E4 series is a high-speed Shinkansen train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Japan.

They were the second series of completely bi-level Shinkansen train sets to be built in Japan.

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Image: E4 series Shinkansen.

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Nippon Sharyo formed in 1896 is a major rolling stock manufacturer based in Nagoya.

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Image: A Nippon Sharyo bi-level passenger car operated by Caltrain.
Photographs: A Nippon Sharyo bi-level passenger car operated by Caltrain.
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The types of double-decker train in Italy are: Vivalto, TAF and TSR.

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Image: Italian bilevel train TSR at Milan Affori station.

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In 1964, Tulloch built the first double-decker trailer cars for use in Sydney. They operated with single deck electric motor cars.

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Image: Interior of a City Rail Waratah carriage in Sydney.

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The Superliner is a double decker passenger car used by Amtrak on long haul trains.

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Image: Train lounge car converted from Superliner.

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The initial cars were built by Pullman-Standard in the late 1970s and a second order was built in the mid 1990s by Pullman's successor, Bombardier Transportation.

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Image: Superliner Lounge.


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X40 is a series of electric multiple units operated by SJ of Sweden.

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Image: SJ Regional Double Decker - Class X40.

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Bombardier Transportation is one of the world's largest companies in the rail-equipment manufacturing and servicing industry.

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Image: Bombardier double-deck rail cars in Germany.

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The double decker trains are built by Alstom since 2004.

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Image: SJ Regional Double Decker - X40.

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Caltrain is a California commuter rail line on the San Francisco Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley (Silicon Valley).

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Image: Caltrain double decker.


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The E531 series is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in Japan.

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Image: Interior view of JR East E531 series.

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Rocky Mountaineer is a Canadian tour company offering Western Canadian vacation packages that operates trains on four routes through British Columbia and Alberta.

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The Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala rolled out India's first air conditioned double-decker coach for oscillation trials on the Delhi-Muradabad section.

These futuristic high-speed stainless steel AC coaches would be introduced to cater to the heavy rush of commuters in high density corridors offering AC travel at a low cost.



Image: India's first air conditioned double-decker.


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