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Author Topic: Theoretical Design For A New DMU For Portsmouth-Cardiff Services  (Read 13609 times)
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« Reply #75 on: March 03, 2019, 07:14:53 am »

Any additional build of IETs should be cheaper per vehicle than the already existing units because the development and approval costs have already been paid, unlike another new design.
Should also be relatively quick to produce with no or minimal new development needed.

The costs of building some more units with "proper inter-city" internal fit out would be met partly by the tax payer and partly by the fare payer, as with any new rolling stock.
A 10 car train should cost no more than a 5+5, since it contains the same number of vehicles, bogies, and other components.
Depending on the exact layout, it could carry about 80 more passengers, and have more luggage space, or could even have a proper buffet and still seat about 40 to 50 more passengers than an existing 5+5 car train.
The cost per seat should be LESS than that for a pair of existing 5 car IETS.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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