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The second volume starts with a discussion of the typical train architectures, depending on the different regulatory domains and various kinds of services, urban, suburban, regional, intercity, freight, which have been identified in the first volume. More specific issues, such as high speed aerodynamics, environmental and aesthetic design are also discussed.
The different typical train architectures that are described are shaped by the geographic and demographic, economic and regulatory characteristics of the different market segments, that range from heavy and long distance freight via very high speed passenger trains down to trams operating on urban networks in numerous cities around the world.
Then, this second volume addresses the mechanical train building technologies with vehicle body construction methods and passive safety provisions, running gear design, including developments such as tilting, mechatronics and automatic gauge changing. A special focus is given on all passenger comfort aspects such as space management, air conditioning, seats, noise and vibration, access and toilets facilities.