- Bombardier Double-deck Coach
The Adtranz Double-deck Coach (now Bombardier) is a passenger car used by various
European railways. The current generation of double-deck coaches can be run at speeds up to 160 km/h (99.4 mph). Depending on their configuration, each coach can seat 100 to 150 passengers.
The ancestry of these coaches can be traced back to double-deck coaches built by
Wumagat Görlitzfor the Lübeck– Büchen– Hamburgrailway in 1935. They were push-pulltrains with a cab carthat could control the steam locomotiveat the other end of the train.
World War II, these coaches were developed further by "VEB Waggonbau Görlitz" (formerly Wumag) into double-deck trains of two to five cars sharing bogies. These trainsets were used by Deutsche Reichsbahn of the GDRas well as several other railways of the eastern blocin large numbers. Starting in 1974, single coaches were built again that were the direct ancestors of today's double-deck coaches. After 1990, VEB Waggonbau Görlitz became part of "Deutsche Waggonbau AG" (DWA) which was acquired by Bombardier Transportationin 1998.
* [http://www.bombardier.com/en/1_0/1_1/1_1_3_2_5.jsp Double-deck trains at Bombardier's official site]
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