Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Dual-mode vehicles: riding the roads and rails

This makes it two train-related postings in a row, but here goes...

Japan Rail (JR) Hokkaido announced today it is postposing test operation of its dual-mode vehicle, which can be described as either a bus that also runs on rails or a train that also runs on paved roads. JR Hokkaido unveiled its dual-mode vehicle early last year.

The British have come up with their own dual-mode vehicle, dubbed "Bladerunner".

In both countries, the vehicles are touted as a way to bring more riders to smaller branch lines.

—Mellow Monk

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