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Re: Next generation railcars for Transperth

Postby tonyp » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:31 am

I note that they say "up to" four doors per car, so they apparently haven't fully decided on this.

At four doors, which is more typical of a metro rather than suburban train, it starts becoming a challenge to seating capacity. I'd say that it's only thanks to Perth's super-fast journey times that they could sustain an argument for such a high door ratio. At least the dwell times will be like lightning, but they could still get a good improvement out of three doors.

Next step along these lines should be fully low-floor buses with more doors for the busiest services!
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Next generation railcars for Transperth

Postby TP1462 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:24 am

tonyp wrote:I note that they say "up to" four doors per car, so they apparently haven't fully decided on this.

At four doors, which is more typical of a metro rather than suburban train, it starts becoming a challenge to seating capacity. I'd say that it's only thanks to Perth's super-fast journey times that they could sustain an argument for such a high door ratio. At least the dwell times will be like lightning, but they could still get a good improvement out of three doors.

Next step along these lines should be fully low-floor buses with more doors for the busiest services!


the 4 doors per carriage was something that was pointed out by the previous government before they deferred the project it seems as though the new labor government are just re-initiating the project and working with all planning that PTA has done thus far, seating capacity is really a non issue as part of the transport plan includes for automatic train control which will allow for trains to run closer together, the C series will be ideal for special events to and from the new stadium and the B series are due for a "midlife' refurb and apart of that plan includes to reconfigure the seating mainly for heritage line work and bench seating does seem to be preferred by PTA
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Re: Next generation railcars for Transperth

Postby tonyp » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:02 am

It looks like they've settled on 3 doors per side per car:

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Probably adequate for Perth. Four doors would be more the thing for the likes of the Sydney metro, so it'll be interesting to see how that goes with three doors.

The above document was on Facebook but I can't find the original source of the whole document.
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Re: Next generation railcars for Transperth

Postby Merc1107 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:14 am

Great to see they're looking for speeds of "at least" 130km/h.
With the distance from north to south increasing, some modest bumps in average speed would be a good way to entice more patrons, particularly off peak where congestion isn't such an issue (except Cockburn's notorious bottleneck).
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Re: Next generation railcars for Transperth

Postby busdriver12 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:02 pm

tonyp wrote:
The above document was on Facebook but I can't find the original source of the whole document.


You'll find it here (as a pdf) which is at the bottom of this page

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