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Commuter train de-crowder

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It has been brought to the attention of the BorgCo Mass Transit Engineering Department that London apparently suffers from overcrowded commuter trains.

Peversely, those involved seem to reject the simple, obvious solution of "not going anywhere near London, because it's a stinking, overcrowded plague pit reknowned for dirt, crime, wretchedly poor quality of life, and overcharging".

The speed and traffic density of trains cannot be increased with existing signalling,track and rolling stock technology. The length of trains cannot be increased because of the length of existing platforms. Compressing commuters into an organic slurry and then pumping them through pipes at very high pressure only delivers the same approximate throughput as the District line (because the two methodologies are essentially the same).

Trains could be slightly longer if it were accepted that carriages at the front and rear of the train did not have access to the platforms at stations. This merely requires passengers to pre-position themselves when wishing to disenbark, and with a less crowded service this should be less problematic.

Obviously, the longer the train, the lower the density of passengers; they merely need to be persuaded to move to the front on boarding (as at terminal stations it is from the front that disembarkation is possible).

However, if the train is too long, its front will come in close proximity to the train ahead, violating track block separation rules.

If such trains were coupled together, they would extend between two consecutive stations. Thus a passenger could in theory board at one station and move along the length of the train via the vestibules, eventually arriving at the next station ahead where they may if they wish disembark.

With sufficiently long trains, it will be possible for passengers to join the train at any station and move forward through the carriages until they can alight at the terminus.

All that is needed is an adequate supply of rolling stock.

Since the front of the train remains against the buffers at the terminus, no driver is needed - only ticket collectors and a guard. Signals can be left at green all the time as there is known to be nothing on the track ahead. There will be plenty of seats available. Energy will be needed only for door operation lighting and air conditioning - not propulsion.

The cost savings will be enormous and everyone* will be happy.

*who owns shares in the company, that is.

8th of 7, Nov 28 2019

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Also an idea for a never-ending train - however with movement acheived by having compression waves travel down the train. [hippo, Nov 28 2019]


       This would be a very safe system.   

       Interestingly, you can increase the passenger throughput of a rail system by decreasing the speed of the trains. This is that, taken to the extreme.   

       Nice idea [+]
Frankx, Nov 28 2019

       // very safe //   

       We will remind the service provider which commissioned the design study (Oddly enough, MaxCo) to emphasise that point especially in the prospectus.   

       // taken to the extreme. //   

       Extreme things can be good. However, while "Extreme Croquet" is surprisingly entertaining, "Extreme polar bear wrestling" is not (for the participating human, anyway - the bears seem to enjoy it, as do the spectators ); even regular polar bear wrestling is not for the faint of heart.
8th of 7, Nov 28 2019

       //commissioned the design study (Oddly enough, MaxCo)// We will remind [8th] that one of the conditions of the commission was that the findings would not be shared with any third party, and that violation of this condition would not only absolve MaxCo of any fees for the study but would, in fact, render [8th] rather spectacularly liable.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 28 2019

       Sturton told us to publish it ... we have his written authority.   

       Well, we have a piece of paper with his initial in crayon ...
8th of 7, Nov 28 2019

       That's interesting. We have piece of paper, signed very crisply in blue ink and bearing several very official-looking stamps and crests, to the effect that Sturton, lovable rogue though he is, is not considered a Competent Person under English law. Or indeed under the law of any other sovereign state, with the possible exception of the Republic of Meringuestan, who failed to ratify in time.   

       Legally, he is considered to be "livestock", and therefore has certain rights in most countries. Signing things, however, is not one of them.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 28 2019

       Yes, but the Queen's signed it too. It clearly says, "Singed, The Quene".
8th of 7, Nov 28 2019

       And? Why do you think it's called "the Queen's English"?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 28 2019

       We don't know, she's German isn't she ?
8th of 7, Nov 28 2019

       This idea could be logically extended. Since //you can increase the passenger throughput of a rail system by decreasing the speed of the trains//, I submit that the speed of a train can be reduced further than to zero, by running it in reverse, so that its speed is negative. The quicker the train runs away from its destination, the less crowded it will be.
pocmloc, Nov 28 2019

       That's either incredibly profound, or indescribably crass and stupid.   

       We say let's take a vote on it.
8th of 7, Nov 28 2019


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