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July 6th, 2012, 10:31 AM
My favourite bus is the Irisbus Cristalis, for the hidden wheels.
When I see this, I imagine Akon singing "Damn you's a sexy bus, a sexy bus, damn you's a sexy bus, DAMN GIRL!"
I love how this train has the driver above a retractable gangway, which is nicely covered when not in use. It's so out there.
259n090423n004 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/metrosdomundo2/7094366727/) by tiago rolinho1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/metrosdomundo2/), on Flickr
090512n009 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/metrosdomundo2/7094367273/) by tiago rolinho1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/metrosdomundo2/), on Flickr
July 6th, 2012, 05:51 PM
NTV is a private operator on the Italian high-speed rail network, and the first operator in the world to use the new Alstom AGV train, train speed record holder. With its fleet of 25 trains, Italo offers travel rich entertainment experiences and services, in comfort, and especially designed for the diverse needs of all types of travelers. The train is structured into three service areas: Club; First, Smart
Italo connecting, currently, these railway stations:
* Bologna - CENTRAL STATION
* Florence - SANTA MARIA NOVELLA STATION
* Milan - PORTA GARIBALDI STATION
* Milan - ROGOREDO STATION
* Naples - CENTRAL STATION
* Padua - CENTRAL STATION
* Rome - TIBURTINA STATION
* Rome - OSTIENSE STATION
* Salerno - CENTRAL STATION
* Turin - PORTA SUSA STATION
* Venice - SANTA LUCIA STATION
* Venice - MESTRE STATION
Italo is based on the latest Alstom AGV technology in terms of high speed train, features a system of locomotion distributed throughout the different cars of the train, rather than being concentrated in the front and back locomotives. The space made available by the elimination of the locomotives is placed at the disposal of the passengers (increase of 20% in onboard capacity). The structural architecture made possible by the distributed locomotion almost eliminates mush of the onboard vibration and noise, while attenuating the movements between cars, optimising the aerodynamics and guaranteeing maximum safety, in addition to reducing maintenance costs by 15%. What is more, the combination of this technological innovation with composite materials and traction systems brought to even further heights of perfection has made it possible to lighten Italo by approximately 70 tons, compared to the trains manufactured by the competition. As a result, Italo, the future train of NTV, offers extremely high environmental performance, with energy consumption reduced by 15%. In detail, the primary advantages of the new Italo train regard all aspects of performance: weight/power ratio, onboard space and comfort, energy consumption, safety and maintenance.
* Weight/power ratio The bogies house synchronous engines that operate with permanent magnets and put out excellent levels of power, at the same time as they permit reduction in mass and volume, all to the benefit of energy savings. In fact, Italo generates an unequalled weight/power ratio of 22.6 kW/ton, a figure 23% higher than the competition.
* Onboard space and comfort The elimination of the locomotives, replaced by the system of distributed locomotion, freed up space which was given over to the passengers, further increasing the liveability of the internal spaces (a 20% increase in the surface area). In terms of width as well, with a body of 3 metres and an internal space of 2.75 metres, Italo ranks as the best in its class in terms of liveability, providing increased comfort in terms of both seating and aisles, whose size allows passengers to move and pass by each other with ease, even when carrying bulky luggage. Completing the optimisation of the space layout is the attentive handling of light (+15% window surfaces), ergonomics and the onboard equipment and accessories for passengers. In addition, travelling noise and vibration are limited by the deck, ensuring maximum comfort for passengers. The train has been made easy to enter for all passengers, thanks to a floor that is a full 10 centimetres lower than those on trains built according to traditional architecture. The care taken with ergonomics is also reflected in the driver’s cabin, designed in accordance with the international programs European Driver Desk and European Cabin. Drivers are able to control of the control station rapidly, making for optimal operation. A final guarantee of elevated passenger comfort on Italo is the low level of noise inside the train, made possible by numerous inventions in the field of aero-acoustics. In addition to the general reduction in travelling noise, a number of highly refined solutions, such as a body lining unaffected by pressure waves, will make it possible to limit the effect of air pressure on eardrums when passing through tunnels.
* Energy consumption Thanks to the reduction in the number of bogies brought about by the new architecture of Italo (resulting in less turbulence and, therefore, less resistance), together with the accurate aerodynamic features of the new design, especially high levels of environmental performance are possible, with energy consumption reduced by 15%. Compared to a TGV, the energy consumption per seat is roughly 30% lower.
* Safety Italo is designed to guarantee maximum passenger safety. In the case of collision, passenger protection is guaranteed by the criteria used to set the dimensions of the body structure and by the energy absorbers, which fully satisfy European standards for passive safety. Furthermore, the configuration of the train as a whole, an approach that introduces a stronger link between the cars than is the case with conventional trains (the bodies are connected to each other with a bogie) provides the train with greater rigidity: resistance to side winds is improved, and, in the case of a derailment, the train does not crumple “accordion style”, unlike what would occur with a train lacking such links.
* Maintenance Bogies alone account for 35-40% of the total maintenance cost for a train, seeing that they contain the largest number of parts subject to wear. The reduction in the number of bogies, as compared to a classic train, makes possible not only increased passenger capacity but also a 30% per-seat reduction in the cost of maintenance.
July 7th, 2012, 03:09 AM
^^ The logo with the rabbit is nice.
Love this tram stop.
La Parada, Sergio Cardell (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricardodaforce/7169925992/) by Ricardodaforce (http://www.flickr.com/people/ricardodaforce/), on Flickr
La Parada (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricardodaforce/7169977456/) by Ricardodaforce (http://www.flickr.com/people/ricardodaforce/), on Flickr
I love how clearly you can see down this Paris metro train. If only the gangways could totally follow the lines of the ceiling, then it would be even better.
MP89 Interior, Paris (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenk1977/139238875/) by stephenk1977 (http://www.flickr.com/people/stephenk1977/), on Flickr
I know level boarding of funiculars is nothing out of the ordinary, it just looks so awesome in Wellington. It's a weird feeling boarding the Cable Car when crowded and standing in the door section, not getting much feedback that you're actually on it.
If Wellington ever gets a gondola, they should go for a Funitel for wind resistance.
Val Thorens (http://www.flickr.com/photos/guigui_sk8/3254622077/) by guigui_sk8_74 (http://www.flickr.com/people/guigui_sk8/), on Flickr
When I look at this photo, I imagine it not as a luxury yacht, but a passenger ferry in my dream world.
A lux Yacht on lux land (St Tropez) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10875602@N00/3694876279/) by chateaubalu (http://www.flickr.com/people/10875602@N00/), on Flickr
I like the softdrink bottle-style fade on this Manchester tram. I don't like the livery per se, but it's an element I think could be used in a better livery. To sex up public transport, I think we should look at food/drink product lables for inspiration.
Manchester Metrolink Tram 3001 - Manchester (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwbphotos/4208432019/) by dwb photos (http://www.flickr.com/people/dwbphotos/), on Flickr
May 9th, 2013, 12:39 PM
Im liking Christchurch's new Redbus