Netherlands Starts to Test Tailor-Made Trains

Netherlands Starts to Test Tailor-Made Trains
November 6, 2007 8:23 pm

Netherlands Railways (NR) will start testing a ‘pioneer’ train tailor-made to cater for individual types of travellers.

Speaking at Railway Interiors Expo in Germany this week, programme manager for European transportation consultancy company Lloyds Register Rail Europe Peter Boom set out the concepts for new “life-enriching” intercity trains.

The pioneer project is designed to meet personality specifications and we have been working on different people profiles to categorise travellers,” Boom says.
“The challenge now is to translate these moods to the interior of the train.”

The designs are based on targeting different categories of people from the ‘socialiser’ who likes to commute in a busy atmosphere, to the ‘individualist’ who prefers to travel in a more unique environment.

The first test model will have four double-decker carriages to cater for four different types of traveller: the social seeker, individualist, convenience seeker and functional planners.

The designs look at an array of lighting systems and seating arrangements and include gaming facilities such as XBoxes and an in-carriage bar for ‘social seeker’ types.

Other innovative design ideas include play areas for children in addition to installing the latest Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology in the carriages.

NS Railways is currently looking for partners to help implement the design and manufacture of the ‘pioneer’ train fleet which it hopes to launch in September 2008. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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