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(United Kingdom )BIRMINGHAM

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Air-Rail 1

Air-Rail 2
BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham Air-Rail is an automated cable system (fixed rope) which operates connecting Birmingham International Airport (5th UK airport, with about 8 millions pax/year) to the Multi Modal Intherchange point at the airport railway station.
This cable systems has replaced a previous magnetic levitation people-mover (Maglev) that has been in service from 1984 to 1995, because of its many technical problems (signalling troubles during snowy days, car body overweight, etc) which caused many service interruptions.
Air-Rail has been realized and operated by Doppelmayr; it consists in two simple and detached 600 m long tracks, without switches and communications between tracks.

Birmingham International Airport (official site)

description uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011

map created on Jan 29th, 2011 (© 2005-2014 Ing. M. Tarozzi)

CHRONOLOGY
1984Airport Terminal-Airport Railway Station MAGLEV system
1995MAGLEV system withdrawn
March 2003MMI Station-Airport Station cable system

CountryUnited Kingdom
LineAir-Rail
InhabitantsCity 2.270.000
Date opening2003
Future development:--
Length (km)0.6
Track sections2 single coupled and detached tracks (on viaduct)
Stops2
Platformscentral
Platform doorsyes
General characteristicslength 13.6, width 5.50
n. of vehicles2
n. of cars per vehicle2
Typerubber tyres
Vehicle dimensions (m)--
Vehicle capacity (pax)54
Frequency 2/ min
Current/Voltagecable traction
Type of guide/gaugesteel running surfaces
Speed Km/hMax 36
Accel./Decel. (m/sec2)0.4/0.4
System capacity1600 pphpd
Ridership--
Total cost18.5 M Pounds/km
Staff--
System builderDOPPELMAYR
ModelCable Liner Shuttle
NOTEAir-Rail replaces a previous Maglev people-mover
technical data uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011