LIVE: HS2 double-decker train’s designers seek UK demo site

Posted: 22 September 2016 | | 2 comments

The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and Andreas Vogler Studio are exhibiting the full-scale demo of their ‘AeroLiner 3000’ at InnoTrans, the Berlin show being the mock-up’s world premiere. Ian Hall explores…

BERLIN: The Germany-based designers of a double-decker train, that hope they could run on Britain’s planned High-Speed 2 (HS2), want to showcase their demo model in the UK within six months.

innotrans-1The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and Andreas Vogler Studio are exhibiting the full-scale demo of their ‘AeroLiner 3000’ at InnoTrans, the Berlin show being the mock-up’s world premiere.

The nine-metre long demo – notable for its light interior – aims to highlight the ‘feasibility, ergonomics and aesthetic appeal of a double-decker train that is compatible with the UK rail network’.

As well as potentially running on the proposed HS2 line, which – if built – would connect London with other major UK cities such as Birmingham – the designers say it could also run on parts of the existing UK rail network where clearances are minimal.


Swiss lead architect Andreas Vogler, who is based in the German city of Munich, told Global Railway Review at InnoTrans: “Someone from HS2 was here [looking at the AeroLiner 3000] this morning. He was amazed to see that a double-decker could work. But it [HS2] seems a political issue at this point.”

aeroliner-3000-exterior-lrVogler told ERR that he was enthusiastic to transport the demo model “to England and present it to taxpayers at Euston station”: Euston is the proposed London terminus for HS2. The designers are also open to taking the demo model to other UK cities involved in HS2 planning, such as Birmingham.

He said: “I hope we’d get it [the demo model] to England within the next six months, if not we’ll likely have to dismantle it. We’d need someone with a budget. Manufacturers are usually not ready to invest unless the government has given support to a project.”

aeroliner-3000-interior-lrThe target date for the opening of HS2’s first phase between London and the West Midlands is 2026. HS2 Ltd’s chief executive Simon Kirby’s earlier this month resigned to join Rolls-Royce as chief operating officer.

Describing the InnoTrans reaction to the AeroLiner 3000’s design, Andreas Vogler told us: “Feedback in general has been very positive, despite the lower [ceiling] heights on the upper level. The colour-scheme and light are being very well perceived.”

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2 responses to “LIVE: HS2 double-decker train’s designers seek UK demo site”

  1. Andy McIntyre says:

    We don’t even NEED 200%-headroom double-deck trains, even with a comparable seating capacity to our foreign counterparts. Because the latter types comprise sparsely configured upper decks anyway so as not to slow the loading/unloading intolerably. Therefore, that’s nothing that overlapped decks (standing above seating and vice-versa) cannot accommodate. A 50% door-provision increase, i.e. 2+1, could comfortable cater for (say) 30% increases in seating capacity. Increased Dwell-Times at stations? N/A.

  2. Michael Bell says:

    It is out of my power to find a demo test track for double deck train in the UK. But in my website I propose double deck trains seating 3+3, nothing else can offer this increase in capacity, and at this greater width passengers will get on and off easily. The lower floor will be above the tops of the wheels, and both decks will be walk-through. The Channel Tunnel, the New Gotthard Tunnel, and probably also the Betuwelijn are of this size, which can carry maximum size road vehicles with necessary clearances. I see this size as a new International size, think of Russia, China, India, maybe Africa. It might even save money in Europe; stations will not have to be lengthened.

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