Thu Oct 23 2014


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Tim Shoveller might wish he could get his hands on some of the latest double-decker stock displayed at the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin. 

The South West Trains chief executive recently told RAIL that with demands on the lines out of Waterloo expected to reach bursting point, double-deck trains between there and Basingstoke might even be considered as a solution (RAIL 757).

As Shoveller well knows, there are obvious loading gauge problems before such a solution could be realised in this country, but such trains have been common on parts of the continent for decades. Indeed, when visitors to InnoTrans weren’t at the show itself, they might well have been travelling upstairs on one of the high-capacity double-deck sets that glide through the German capital.

This year, Bombardier had two versions of its capacity-boosting double-decker trains on display. France’s state railway SNCF is taking the OMNEO, which alternates single- and double-deck cars, and which Bombardier claims is the first double-deck articulated electric multiple unit.

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