priestmangoode: mercury high speed double decker train priestmangoode: mercury high speed double decker train
jul 15, 2010

priestmangoode: mercury high speed double decker train

mercury high-speed double decker train all images courtesy of priestmangoode

‘mercury’ is a highspeed train concept designed by london-based multidisciplinary design group priestmangoode, set to be the first double-decker train to operate in the UK. it is a new approach to the way we travel, incorporating a flexible, open plan design to allow for interaction, space and relaxation without compromising privacy. this will benefit both commuting and longer haul journeys, making the trip more comfortable and akin to modern living. ‘mercury’ will feature traditional commuter seats (designed to incorporate in transit entertainment systems), along with private berths for families, private parties or business meetings, reflecting the nostalgia of compartmental train travel.

there will be a children’s play area integrated into the train, and a luxury first class section will mirror the choice offered to air travellers with a luxury lounge and bar.

you can view a video of the mercury here

standard class with private berths

paul priestman, of priestmangoode, and designer of the virgin pendolino train, believes that the new high speed train is vital for the future of britain, both as the low-carbon, sustainable transport of the future and as a crucial opportunity to champion british design and engineering in an increasingly competitive global economy.

first class

the exterior of the train is designed to emulate the british design classics, and will measure up to 400 m long with an extended nose section – one of the most extreme in the world – important for the aerodynamics of a train which will travel up to 225 mph.

  • woooo.. awesome…. incredible….

    Tania says:
  • nice train!
    just didn’t get why this private berth is transparent (2nd pic)?

    blog.vladimirantonov.ru says:
  • Nice but would never be a reality – all that open space is pointless and costly and the beds! What is the point of a bed when the longest journey in the UK on a high speed train will be 2.5 hours!

    J says:
  • it america this would be fantastic! the longest journey can take up to 28 hours by car going 60mph,

    ar says:
  • I don’t see any beds. Nevertheless this design is far too extravagant and will have all this opulence value engineered the f**k out!

    toby00001 says:
  • Shame this has come along just as the UK is going through the worst recession on record and a new Government is blazing a slash and burn (not here to debate the rights or wrongs of this) approach to public spending. With no immediate future of Lord Adonis’s ‘High-speed 2’, this will remain a lovely bit of design eye candy.

    Good to see designers continuing to do what they should be though – dreaming and inspiring others

    dextersdragon says:
  • Wow, that’s a beautiful train, outside and in, would make a nice compliment to a Scotland -> Iceland -> Greenland -> Canada link. I’d like to see a car capable of being transformed to freight in there, as well.

    Dan says:
  • bravo, would love to try this. so inspiring!

    Anna says:
  • Timeless design, not to sure about the couches. But other than that I think the concept is well thought through.

    x says:

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