Class 395 Scale-Model Unveiled

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/5108088.stm

BBC News said:
Interior of 140mph train unveiled

A full-scale model of the interior of the new high-speed trains that will travel through Kent has been unveiled.

The Hitachi class 395 trains will operate on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) from December 2009, and have a top speed of 140mph (225km/h).

The new trains will reduce journey times between east Kent and London St Pancras by up to 40 minutes, but fares for the service will rise by up to 35%.

Each train will have 354 seats, with one class of accommodation throughout.

A display model of one of the 28 six-carriage trains was shown off by Southeastern at Ashford station in Kent.

The first four units of the £6m trains will arrive for testing in 2007.

From 2009, the trains will run between London's King's Cross station and Ashford in 36 minutes - less than half the time it currently takes.

London to Canterbury journeys will drop from 102 minutes to an hour, while London to Folkestone will come down from 98 minutes to 62 minutes.

Olympic service

All the trains will be named after Britons associated with speed.

Dr Stephen Ladyman, transport minister and MP for Thanet South, said the high speed service would transport passengers from St Pancras to the site for the 2012 Olympics in less than seven minutes.

"This is great news for passengers. Investment in trains such as these will raise the quality of journeys for passengers," he said.

 
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Looks quite nice, although I cant see why there is a huge gap in the passenger section of the train, the windows dont look too large either, and there dont appear to be any bays.

Other than that, nicey nice!
 

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Jamie said:
Looks quite nice, although I cant see why there is a huge gap in the passenger section of the train, the windows dont look too large either, and there dont appear to be any bays.

Other than that, nicey nice!

Similar to Pendolino Windows. Something to do with HSE regulations no doubt...
 

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Well if there designed to run at 140mph the passing speed between two is 280mph, however they may also pass Class 373s which can run at 186mph which creates the passing speed between them at 326mph, thats a lot of pressure on a window so the smaller the surface area of it the less it is likely to blow out.
 

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Looks OK, - we need a better pic than that though! :scratch: :)
 

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Jamie said:
I cant see why there is a huge gap in the passenger section of the train
Wheelchair/luggage space? They probably only furbished a small part of the inside for the model.
 

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Nick said:
Well if there designed to run at 140mph the passing speed between two is 280mph, however they may also pass Class 373s which can run at 186mph which creates the passing speed between them at 326mph, thats a lot of pressure on a window so the smaller the surface area of it the less it is likely to blow out.
I believe the trains will be pressurized, just like the Pendolino's, Eurostar's and TGV's. The surface area doesnt have a great deal of difference in a blowout, it's the strength of the frame holding the window in place that matters.


Coxster said:
Wheelchair/luggage space? They probably only furbished a small part of the inside for the model.
Looking at the photograph, there appears to be some fold down seats, so presumably it is for a Wheelchair space.
 

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The seats look horribly uncomfortable. However, this appears to be the norm with modern trains unfortunately - also I imagine window:seat ratio will be awful, which also seems to be the norm in modern trains. Why is it we could do simple things better 30 years ago (eg, mk2's having every seat to a window). Also, according to the Evening Standard, the "Javelins" don't have such luxuries as tables - so no where for the "suits" to put their overpriced Starbucks coffee!
 

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Easy with the comments, as its actually a very hard design to cater for. Only made worse by the Olympic requirement.
  • You have the long distance commuters from Kent heading in for work as well as the day and break travellers
  • You have the business types travelling to and from kent wanting work space.
  • You have the short hop business types between St Pancras and Stratford.
  • And you have the vast masses heading to and from the Olympics.
So with that you need the following
  • Comfort in readniness for a days work, or relaxation heading home
  • Luggage space for overnight or other desination bound passengers
  • Space for working on the move
  • Space for DDA compliance
  • Space for Bikes and toilets
  • Sapce for potential catering trolleys
  • and millions of seats and standing rom for the bus trips for olympic travellers
All in a 5-car set!
 
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