A trackless train is also referred to as a tram in the united state. They are articulated vehicles used to transport passenges and may also be used to pull one or more carriage connected to the drawbar coupling. The trackless train may also be used to transport baggage at the airport or factory. This article looks at some of the amazing yet little known facts about the trackless trains.
1. They are rubber tired
Unlike the rail mounted trains, the trackless trains are rubber-tired trains, widely used as parking lot transport. The trains are sometimes called parking lot trains to reflect their uses. These trains lack a widely accepted generic trademark and hence are referred to tram trains, road trains and people movers. In North America, the trains are referred to as trackless train, tram or parking lot trains while in Europe, and they are referred to as land train, dotto train and Tschu-Tschu.
2. The Technology
The trackless train consists of a tractor unit that pulls a number of trailers or carriage units. The tractor may be powered by an electric motor or a combustion engine. Each of the carriage can accommodate between 6 -40 seated passengers. The train may be roofed or open and could also feature an open or a closed side.
3. Public Uses
The trains are widely used to transport tourists and children who want to enjoy and have fun. They are used to provide seasoned services that link various attraction sites such as museums, zoos and tourist destinations. The train offers the passengers sightseeing opportunities especially when travelling along scenic routes.
4. In Gruyeres (Swiss town), it is the only vehicle that is allowed in streets reserved for pedestrians.
In the outer Alcala de Henares University, the train is used to move students between the faculties and the train stations.
5. In many parts of Europe and United States, the train is used to entertain children in shopping malls. Ideally, the trains that are used for this purpose are normally smaller and less powerful
6. Private Uses
The trackless train is a popular mode of transport in Disneyland and California. It is exclusively operated to move clients to amusement packs. The trains move clients between parking areas and attractions. Also, the trackless train finds a lot of applications in Walt Disney parks and resorts. They can be used to move guests between the parking lots and park entrances.