The AEROLINER3000 train is a proposal for double decker trains for Great Britain. The double decker section is achieved by a lower ceiling height, intelligent design and advanced lightweight engineering. The lower ceiling height is counter-measured by a high-quality interior as it can be found in private jets, cars and helicopters. The prime design driver for the AEROLINER3000 is to bring aerospace thinking to railways, both in engineering and design.
AEROLINER3000 allows for an increase in capacity by 30% without touching the infrastructure. This is not just a huge financial and logistic benefit, but also a way to preserve all the rich historical heritage of Victorian stations and bridges, allowing British railways to continue its successful growth. Through its higher capacity and lighter weight, there is less energy needed per person and carbon emissions become even more favourable.
AEROLINER3000 consists of two 200-metre train sets, with 20-metre-long end-cars and 17-metre-long coaches that have four individually powered and controlled wheels at the very end to form an innovative virtual Jacobs-bogie. The individually powered wheels improve acceleration and reduce wear of the wheels and tracks, thus reducing maintenance cost. The coach construction consists of bent equal diameter steel tubes, which are laser welded, achieving an extremely lightweight construction. Each coach has two small toilets and six priority seats in the lower deck. Depending on the train’s layout, up to 700 seats can be achieved.