This is a photographic thread to feature all double decker trains around the world.
Please provide Country, name of train, URL of where the picture came from etc.
Montréal's Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) ordered 22 Bombardier BiLevel coaches for the region's Montréal / Dorion-Rigaud commuter rail line.
Toronto's GO Transit interregional rail system serves the City of Toronto and surrounding areas, stretching 356 km (221 miles) and carrying nearly 27 million passengers a year. Bombardier Transportation is proud to have manufactured and supplied all of GO Transit's rail coaches, including Bombardier BiLevel vehicles.
The vehicles are similar to those already delivered by Bombardier for the Southern California "Metrolink" system, the North San Diego County "Coaster" service, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Toronto "GO Transit", Vancouver "West Coast Express" and Northern California "ACE".
Double-deck coaches - Germany
The double-deck vehicles manufactured by Bombardier have been in service with DB AG for years on regional services. Since 1992, close to 1,000 vehicles have been delivered to DB AG. The double-deck driving coaches allow train consists to be used for push-pull operation. These modern vehicles offer travelers a high level of comfort with modern design, spacious passenger compartments, comfortable seats, air conditioning, a visual and acoustic passenger information system and speeds of up to 160 km/h. The double-deck coach is a further development of tried and tested vehicles. One of the key features is the increased number of windows with narrower pillars. This improves visibility and provides greater flexibility in terms of seating arrangements. The numerous innovations incorporated in the vehicle design include improved passenger entry points, particularly for wheelchair passengers (by reducing the ramp angle), greater legroom on the lower level, a newly designed luggage and coat rack system, plus a new lighting concept with individual seat lighting. Particular attention was placed on designing the vehicle to meet the needs of the disabled. This includes an automatically operated retractable ramp and space for wheelchairs in the vestibule wih direct access to the larger toilet.
Double-deck coaches - Israel
In August 1999, Bombardier Transportation was chosen by the Ports and Railway Authority-Israel Railways (Tel Aviv) to be the supplier of 4-car double-deck trains. A train consists of 3 trailer cars (TC) and 1 power car (PC). In composition with diesel-locomotives, these trains will then be used for the commuter service in the Tel Aviv suburbs and for regional traffic. With these double-deck trains, Israel Railways extends its fleet in the framework of the project "Railway 2000". A total of 14 trains will be delivered between mid-2001 and mid-2002.
In acquiring these double-deck trains, Israel Railways pays a vote of confidence to Bombardier's longstanding experience and know-how in the area of double-deck vehicles. As was successfully done in the past, numerous solutions of the previous double-deck concept were used again and partly further developed, e.g. certain characteristics like the aerodynamic shape of the head, the basic car layout, the high-quality interior design with carpeting on both floors of the passenger compartments, as well as the passenger information system (PIS). The train offers a very high seat capacity without the division into several classes. The powerful HVAC-system and the bogies with secondary air-suspension make for an excellent comfort level.
Double-deck coaches for DSB - Denmark
Bombardier Transportation has received an order from Porterbrook Leasing Company Ltd. for the delivery of 67 double-deck coaches intended for service on lines operated by the Danish State Railways. The contract covers the supply of ABs 7900 type double-deck driving cab coaches and both B 7700 and Bk 7800 type double-deck intermediate coaches. The coaches are designed for service speeds of up to 160 km/h and will pro-vide a significant increase in carrying capacity. The special equipment onboard and the modern exterior and interior design of the vehicles are intended to make regional and suburban services even more attractive for travellers and operators alike. The coaches are air-conditioned and feature multipurpose areas with plenty of room for bicycles, strollers and wheelchairs. A closed toilet system and vending machines in a number of intermediate coaches emphasize the high level of comfort provided by the latest gener-ation of double-deck coaches.
Double-deck Electric Multiple Units - Netherlands
Bombardier Transportation has received an order from Netherlands Railways (NS Reizigers) for the delivery of 127 double-deck EMUs. The contract specifies 13 four-car and 33 six-car trainsets, plus 128 VIRM double-deck intermediate coaches (Verlengd InterRegio Materieel), which will be used to expand the current fleet of 81 IRM vehicles (InterRegio Materieel).
All images and info from http://transport.bombardier.com/
The double decker train (4002) in 1967 at Lewisham station on the line from Dartford via Bexleyheath to Cannon Street.
Photograph Steve Thoroughgood.
The Double Decker Train 4002. 1 November 1949 - 1 October 1971. It was to have been the answer to overcrowded trains in the late 1940s. The idea was for a double deck train which could carry more passengers. Two sets of four coaches were built, designed by Mr Oliver V. S. Bullied (1882-1970). The coaches were built at Lancing and Eastleigh Train Works.
Japan Kawasaki company
This aluminum 8 car Shinkansen train consists of all double-decker coaches that can be connected and disconnected. In the case that the two 8-car trains are connected, it has a capacity of 1,634 passengers, which is the largest capacity in the world for a high-speed train. The train is equipped with a lift for sales wagons at the stairs and Car No. 8 is equipped with a wheelchair lift, which provides easy access for the physically handicapped
Trains in Switzerland are almost always exactly on time, and double decker trains are a common sight.
For the last 50 years there have been basically only three kinds of bilevel commuter car in North America.
Pullman Standard design
Budd design. Also known as commuter-gallery cars.
A few others.
Budd full dome lounge-dormitory cars.
CORADIA Duplex X40, Sweden
The project called 'X40' is the first occasion that SJ has ordered double deck trains.
The trains themselves will be based on either 2 or 3 car units which can be coupled together in multiple unit formation. Each 2 car unit is capable of seating over 200 passengers in a comfortable environment and with a high level of on-board facilities.
More of the X40
You can take the double-decker between Linköping -Stockholm-Gävle, Stockholm-Eskilstuna-Arboga and Stockholm-Västerås-Örebro.
On the new train there is plenty of space. It is better adapted to suit those who want to work on the train with good mobile coverage and power outlets at most seats. You can also buy snacks in our machines as well as listen to the radio on one of the five radio channels available at the seat.
Thanks to the wide doors and the low boarding threshold set at the same height as the platform it's easy for all passengers, including those in wheelchairs, to embark and disembark quickly. This combined with the train's great performance (200 km/h) contributes to shorter travel times.
SNCB doubledecker train heading out of Bruxelles Nord, April 29, 2002.
TGV Duplex, used principally on the LGV Sud-Est.
South Florida RTA double decker DMU 703
Ft. Lupton, CO. June, 2005. Photo by Mike McGowen
Alaska Railroad's new dome cars
Last year, we mentioned that Alaska Railroad had ordered two new bilevel cars for a new luxury service that will kick off later in the summer of 2005. Those cars are now completed, and on their way to Alaska
Older Personal double-decker rolling stock at Timiºoara Nord station, Romania
Automotrice Z 23 500
Beijing to Tianjin service February 2005 - my own pic
What's interesting is the lack of graffiti or vandalism evident on these trains.....
Lübeck - Büchener Eisenbahn
This photograph shows one of the trains introduced by the LBE in 1936. They originally consisted of a special built steam locomotive together with double decker twin carriages. What makes this unique for that time is that the trains ran in full pull-push operation with a maximum speed of 120 km/h both ways. When pushing the fireman would still be at the locomotive, but the driver had a cab in front with remote control for most operations. As such it is a very early forerunner of a kind of operation that is currently fairly common in Europe
Danish double decker train
This photograph shows some of the double decker carriages the Danish railways had bought in two batches in 1959 and 1964 for suburban transport around København. The batch (class BL) consisted of 20 carriages. They were built on very different lines from current double deckers, not really low floor. They more or less look like a standard carriage with another body on top. The absence of overhead wires (there were and are nearly no electrified lines in Danmark) made the great height of these carriages possible. Although I do not know for sure, it appears from the photograph that entry/exit was on one side only
This photograph shows a Swedish trainset from the sixties with, from front to rear, a double decker of class UB3Y a carriage of class UB3, a carriage of class UAB3 and a motor car of class Y3. These were all introduced by the Swedish railways in 1966 - 1967, albeit in a very small quantity. The motorcar looked like a double decker but had the diesel motor in the lower part. The total batch consisted of the driving 2nd class double deck trailers UB3Y 2160 - 2161, 2nd class trailers UB3 2162 - 2164, 2nd class trailers with luggage compartment UB3B 2165 - 2168, mixed 1st and 2nd class trailers UAB3 2169-2172 and motorcars Y3 1261 - 1266. A trainset could consist of two motorcars with up to six trailers in between, or a motorcar and a driving trailer with up to three trailers in between.
All images and info from http://homepages.cwi.nl/~dik/english/public_transport/odds_and_ends/train.html
Nice sleuthing there, mattb27j. Thanks for the time and effort you have put into that research.
The South African Railways (SAR) had a loco-hauled double deck car built around 1927, and retired around 1960. This vehicle was built by placing a wooden body on a well wagon frame and was similar in dimensions to a Tulloch d/d car.
The SAR car had a full width upper deck with two rows of seats placed back-to-back along the central longitudinal axis, while the lower deck had a row of longitudinal seats placed against each side of the vehicle. There was also a small compartment at platform height at each end of the car.
Does anyone know whether the Chicago bi-level emus (1.5kv dc overhead) ex-Illinois Central Gulf still operating? When built in 1970, these gallery cars were contemporary with the original d/d U-set cars in Sydney.
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) had some double deck third rail electric cars dating from the 1930s and 1940s. These steel cars had a central floor between vestibules, from which passengers climbed up, or climbed down, to pairs of seats - in effect, a saloon version of the British dovetailed compartment sets 9001 & 9002.
The early LIRR cars could multiple with single deck cars, and were generally available for system-wide use, except that they were prohibited from running on the Jamaica branch.
More recently, LIRR received some new electric stock designed in Australia and manufactured in Japan.
Gotta say that those Canadian ones at the top of the thread (both types) are the only trains in the world uglier than a Tangara!
And the Alaskan one is great! An outdoor area. How berluddy civilised! Can you imagine City-even-beclawats-are-too-dangerous-rail ever doing something like that? Australians treated as children yet again.
Don't forget Shinkansen 100 series double decker made in 1985, first high speed double decker.
And Tokaido line Interurban...
Much better pic of original 100 series d/d shinkansen cars
Whats in the bottom deck though, sitting accomodation or catering?
Where do we draw the line to what is a double deck? eg the German and American dome cars had catering in the bottom deck
Never heard of that series100 car before btw and I am pretty I did not see mention of it in Wiki or that giant Shinkansen website i looked at
Automotrice Z 23 500
Not hard to imagine this on the Melbourne Metro Network. Looks like a DD version on an X'Trapolis.
hmmm the furture becons.
1st class on a double decker