Monday, December 18, 2006 at 11:17 am
Road/Rail Bus Being Tested
Speaking of Japanese prototypes undergoing testing. Road-rail vehicles are usually trucks adapted for maintenance of way purposes, but JR Hokkaido is testing a dual-mode passenger unit — essentially, a bus/RDC hybrid that can operate on both rails and roads. The idea, as was the case with diesel rail cars in the mid 20th century, is to reduce the operating costs of lightly used local rail services: this thing’s price would be one-seventh that of a self-propelled diesel. Via Engadget.