Siemens Modular Metro

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A recent Siemens Mo.Mo train, the fully automatic Nuremberg U-Bahn DT3
Interior of the Melbourne Mo.Mo

The Siemens Modular Metro is a family of electric multiple unit trains for rapid transit systems produced by Siemens Transportation Systems and used by rail operators around the world. The vehicle concept was launched in Vienna in 2000 and is a modular concept allowing many variants of metro vehicles.[1] Previously known as Modular Mobility, Siemens still uses the abbreviation Mo.Mo.

Technology[edit]

The train is designed for use on systems in the 20,000 to 60,000 passengers/hour range. The design of the train bodies is by Porsche Design. Modules in the system include various vehicle ends, doors, gangways, roof-mounted air-conditioning, and interiors.[1] Many combinations of motor cars and trailers are possible, with individual vehicle lengths from 17 to 25 metres (55 ft 9 in to 82 ft 0 in) and widths from 2.6 to 3.2 metres (8 ft 6 in to 10 ft 6 in). Stainless steel or aluminium construction is available, in three cross sections: straight sidewalls, sidewalls sloping at 3 degrees, and contoured.[1]

Operators[edit]

  • Bangkok MRT Blue Line: each train consists of two motor cars and a centre trailer car.[2]
  • Bangkok BTS Skytrain Light Green Line: 35 three-car units, each train consists of two motor cars and a centre trailer car. Will be upgrade to two motor cars and two centre trailer cars in Q3 2012.
  • Nuremberg U-Bahn Line U2 and U3: designated DT3, 30 two-car driverless trains, 36m long, 2.9m wide with an inter-car gangway. 80 seats and room for 240 standing passengers.[3]
  • Shanghai Metro: 28 six-car modular trains for Line 4, 10 trains for an extension of Line 1. First two trains in Vienna, remainder built in China.[5]
  • Guangzhou Metro Line 3: 120 cars with Zhuzhou Electrical Locomotive Works.

Design Origins[edit]

The bodies of the trains evolved from the 1993 DT2 Series used in the Nuremberg U-Bahn whose design in turn came from production of the A Series built for the nearby Munich U-Bahn, but now also used in Nuremberg.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New Vehicle Concept Launched In Vienna". International Railway Journal. September 2000. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Bangkok's first underground metro open". International Railway Journal. July 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  3. ^ Mike Knutton (August 2002). "First U-Bahn to convert to fully automatic operation". International Railway Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  4. ^ "VICSIG: Siemens trains". www.vicsig.net. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Siemens, Alstom win Chinese transit contracts". Railway Age. findarticles.com. May 2002. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 

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