Caterpillar Train, or C-Train

Caterpillar Train or C-Train

Rounds quiet interesting, Isn’t it“Caterpillar Train, or C-Train” envisages a citywide network of lightweight, elevated train coaches running at about 100 kmph on a track supported by poles bent into arches.

“Currently, all urban mass transit systems are developed on the hub-and-spoke concept — the transport system is the hub and users have to travel from various parts of the city and converge there to use it. But the C- Train goes wherever there is at least a five-meter road,”

Caterpillar-Train
Caterpillar-Train

Instead of large coaches, the C-Train envisages a series of small, seating-only cars that would be “as high as an SUV” and capable of accommodating 20 passengers at a time. The coaches would have wheels both below and on top, so they can travel on the track and under it — giving it the appearance of a caterpillar. People will be able to move beneath the train.

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Unlike the conventional metro system, which relies on heavy pillars and corridors, the C-Train would run on poles joined together to form an arch. The system would run on electricity, with each car equipped with a battery in case of emergencies. The traction mechanism is such that both acceleration and deceleration are fast. Since coaches are smaller and lightweight and the poles require little land, the system is capable of penetrating residential areas. Plus, it would cost a fifteenth of a conventional metro system. Since coaches are seating-only, the load in each car would be limited.

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The stations would be designed as simple platforms accessible by elevators. The plan is to stack coaches on top of each other so that less land is required as compared to bus or metro depots. The “vertical depot” concept, is a first for any urban transport system. The introduction of Caterpillar trains will be quite helpful in crowded areas as it requires little space along with making way for people to go beneath it which would help to eliminate traffic congestion, minimize accidents and save people’s time and money.

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