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Author Topic: A new road-railer from Toyota  (Read 1763 times)
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« on: June 06, 2008, 06:33:59 am »

Have a look at this ...



As I understand it, this is a 25 seater vehicle that's being evaluated at the moment by JR, Hokkaido. Make by Toyota, it's a Road / Rail vehicle; that the huge bonnet is a crumple zone, and also houses he rail wheel when it's on the road. It will be demonstrated at an international summit in July.

If we have a member who reads Japanese, please have a look at the article on this and tell us if there are any more key points revealed that I have overlooked. - Thanks!

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/atmoney/news/20080602-OYT1T00914.htm?from=nwlb

And please - anyone - feel free to speculate whether or not such vehicles might be useful on any services in our part of the world.
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2008, 09:45:02 am »

Portishead?

But it's still diesel and will be subject to congestion in town centres.

Tram/Trains are the real answer. Using existing heavy rail lines (with mixed traffic freight, HSTs) into centre and dedicated tracks in centre.

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2008, 08:56:25 pm »

I agree, they'd be better than nothing on the Portishead line (!), but at just 25 seats each, you'd need a fair few of them to deal with commuter traffic - and yes, they'd just get clogged up in the existing road traffic mayhem between BTM and the city centre, for example.

Melksham, though, possibly, grahame?  Tongue Roll Eyes Grin
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