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Mercury: The Luxurious Bullet Train of the Future

Priestmangoode has a rep for designing first-class vehicle accommodations. The British firm, to boost its street cred and breath new life into train cabin design, recently unveiled its Mercury high-speed train concept.

Since the Mercury is designed to move its passengers at speeds of up to 225 miles per hour, Priestmangoode concentrated on creating wide-open lofts, with sealed meeting rooms that provide privacy for small groups distributed throughout. Amazingly, if a real-life Mercury hits the tracks, it would be the first double-decker train in Britain.

As trains are very stable even at high speeds, passengers can mingle in common areas featuring a minimalist view-friendly aesthetic, or enjoy movies on the in-seat entertainment system. There are of course cabins available for multiple-day trips.

Priestmangoode claims the Mercury will become a new British design icon, like the Spitfire and the Rolls Royce. Whether or not the company's bravado pushes the design towards reality remains to be seen.

Priestmangoode website

  • darkguset
    What happens if the train collides with something? If people can barely survive from a 100km/h collision, what is going to happen with a 350???
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  • maigo
    how do you load and unload nearly half a kilo of people in a timely manner?
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  • Arethel
    darkgusetWhat happens if the train collides with something? If people can barely survive from a 100km/h collision, what is going to happen with a 350???
    This question is somewhat of a moot argument as this point considering bullet trains are already in existence, and even a dependency in some parts of the world.
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  • @Darkguset what the heck does a train collide with: it's on a set track. Something can collide with it if it gets on the tracks, but I can only really think of a car. If you've ever seen a train hit a car, the car is demolished and the train gets scratched paint. The only thing I know that stops a train is heavy winds, which could potentially tip a train over, which is why trains are stopped on days with that much wind.
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  • falchard
    Britian will never purchase a "luxurious" bullet train.
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  • Would be cool to be able to ride that train to from SF to LA in under 2 hrs, spend the day, then ride it back. Oh wait all of CA money is going to illegal immigrants and retarded kids, but one can dream.
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  • ubernoobie
    but mercury can kill you :o
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  • lashabane
    StopaTrain...The only thing I know that stops a train is heavy winds, which could potentially tip a train over, which is why trains are stopped on days with that much wind.
    And Superman.
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  • stingstang
    Blain the train is a pain...
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  • omnimodis78
    I hate to complain about such things - but come on, Canada's Bombardier along with Germany's Siemens, Japan's Hitachi, etc., are already building these trains. The interior can be put together as per the client's order. This is not the train of the future at all, it's the "bullet train" of the present.
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