Future concept train design trends (I): overturning traditional perceptions
Regardless of the industries, when thinking about future design possibilities, they often try to break through design bottlenecks through concept design. Concept design also belongs to one of the effective means of low-cost development in many fields. Therefore, in the train design industry, we also hope to explore new possibilities and breakthroughs and attempts for the future of rail transportation while ensuring the original practicality and comfort.

Tao Li
Nowadays, various train design competitions are mainly forward-looking and innovative, and different design companies and independent designers often publish their concept train designs on design platforms or personal websites. They express their designs in various aspects such as train appearance, function, human-machine, humanization, and even passenger boarding and alighting, transferring, and car-view integration. We have briefly summarized and organized them, and categorized four main design trends for the interior and exterior of future concept trains. ① subvert the traditional cognition ② functional subdivision ③ high luxury interior ④ more future technology sense. So listen to Mr. MattDESIGN first to talk about the first point - subvert the traditional cognition. matt believes that the future of personal transportation will be more intelligent and in many ways will overturn our perception of the traditional train. But in any case, a large percentage of the population in the modern city will use more convenient ways to commute.

1. Double-decker maglev subway

The design below shows a maglev subway car with different cars for different types of passengers, similar to a modern double-decker train. The subway is guided forward by a series of columns that function as a track. These pillars provide support for the central part of the subway. Thus there is a groove in the center of the subway, and each pillar generates a super magnetic force to propel the subway forward. The motivation behind the design idea is to encourage the public to use public transportation. The approach is to make it possible for people to bring their personal transportation along with them on the subway without disturbing other passengers.
Each pillar is equipped with a vertical wind turbine to generate electricity even in low wind conditions. Because the subway runs on a regular schedule, there will be sufficient wind power reserves. Most of the wind power will come from the operation of the subway itself, while the subway floor and stations will be designed with pedal power panels that generate energy when someone steps into them. The stations will also be equipped with electric vehicles to transport passengers. This design highlight is very much in line with the current trend of energy-saving and environment-friendly new energy design.

Twillingar Twin Star Metro Design - by Prathyush Devadas (Styling Designer, Zhengzhou Yuntong Bus Company)

2016 Global Rail Vehicle Innovation Design Competition Supreme Award

2. Rotary track changing train

In addition, many designers have also made bold ideas in terms of track changing and energy saving. The design scheme Zonda Rotary Train below is a new modular train concept design, taking the London Eye in the UK as the creative inspiration, in order to use other space, the designer used the rotating ring principle similar to the London Eye to create a new track changing system, multiple train capsules can run at the same time using the same track at the same time, able to different train capsules Rotating track change to avoid collision, rotating wheel and train capsule outer circumference at the same time relative rotation to maintain the level of the inner cabin.

Zonda Rotary Train rotary train design - by Juan Manuel Vicondo (Italy)

Supreme Award in the Global Rail Vehicle Innovation Design Competition 2086

The Italian designer Juan Manuel Vicondo completely overturned the traditional perception of one train route with one car, creating a compact movement system with multiple cars on one route, and making the train capsules not interfere with each other. In addition, this highly creative concept design also won the Grand Prize in the 2018 Global Rail Vehicle Innovation Design Competition.

3. cycling on the track of maglev train

Of course, there are also many designers who look at the "carscape" for the city and the future of the train in a variety of combinations. The designer Pablo Torrecillas, pictured below, has merged the non-motorized path with the track of the Maglev train and redesigned it.

Bicycle and Solar Monorail - by Pablo Torrecillas (Spain)

Gold Award in the Global Rail Vehicle Innovation Design Competition 2016

Designer Pablo Torrecillas believes that the green city of the future must develop and maintain an attractive network of bike lanes but this solution is difficult to implement because bike lanes are usually set next to motorways, which makes cycling slow, unhealthy and dangerous. On the other hand, the world is also facing global pollution problems. This requires efforts to improve the relationship with nature and invest more in green technology and environmentally friendly energy. The development of transportation in cities must also follow this principle.
To solve these problems, the diverse combination of bicycles and solar monorails presents an innovative design solution for the future of green transportation. This solution consists of two main areas. The upper zone is a bicycle lane, mounted on top of the rail structure, which provides bicycle lanes in both directions, allowing bicycles to travel quickly and safely through the city. The lower zone is an autonomous monorail powered by photovoltaic asphalt installed on the surface of the bicycle lane, designed to be fast, comfortable and green.
The purpose of this hierarchical transportation solution is to improve mobility in the city, enhance the user experience, respect the environment and help solve daily urban problems.

4. Street orbiter

Dahirİnşaat is a company founded in Istanbul by Russian engineer and inventor Dahir Kurmanbievich Semenov, usually written as Dahir Insaat without the Turkish alphabet, and has been known for its futuristic design concepts over the years, including large quadcopter, automation and prefabricated concepts. Insaat is best known for its gyroscope-like public transportation vehicles. It is shown in the picture below.
Giant disc-shaped vehicles swarm the streets, traveling on a set track at a height higher than that of ordinary vehicles, and can be raised and lowered so that the "discs" overlap to form a multi-layered traffic network. According to the designer, his proposed transportation method will have "great potential to provide efficient, economical, safe, environmentally friendly, comfortable, and improved transportation, creating traffic independent of the main road".
The concept train is powered primarily by solar panels. And insaat designers explain, "I can say without exaggeration that this mode of transportation is compatible with the human habitat and with the spaces recreated by urban dwellers. It can pass along parks, squares and sidewalks, and in some cases, it can even travel side-by-side with people strolling along wide boulevards. After all, it is ecologically and physically perfectly safe."
Public Transport System Design - by Dahir Insaat (Istanbul)
In the design of the train interior, passengers sit in rows like in a subway or bus, or they can have comfortable sofas and TVs like in a luxury first class cabin to increase the riding experience.
This issue on one of the future concept train design trends: subvert the traditional perception of the introduction is here, you for the future concept train interior and exterior design trends is not more understanding.
The next issue will introduce another design trend: functional segmentation, let's look forward to it. If you have ideas or suggestions, please leave your comments.