Corridor coach

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Sketch of a French corridor coach (SNCF A9u)

A corridor coach is a type of railway passenger coach divided into compartments and having a corridor down one side of the coach to allow free movement along the train and between compartments.[1][self-published source?]

These were first introduced, in Britain at least, around the start of the 20th century, because the advent of dining cars made it advantageous to enable passengers to move down the length of a train. This was achieved by linking the corridors of adjacent coaches using a "corridor connector".[2]

The corridor coach was known on the European continent as the American system or American coach in the early 1900s.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Ellis, Iain (2006). Ellis' British Railway Engineering Encyclopaedia. p. 79. ISBN 978-1-8472-8643-7.
  2. ^ The Development of the British Railway Carriage, accessed on 23 May 09.
  3. ^ Konrad, Emil (1984). Die Reisezugwagen der deutschen Länderbahnen, Vol. 2: Bayern, Württemberg, Baden, Franckh'sche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart, p. 12. ISBN 3-440-05327-X.
  4. ^ von Waldegg, Edmund Heusinger (1870). Handbuch für Specialle Eisenbahn-technik, Vol. 2, Wilhelm Engelmann, Leipzig, p.20.