A conceptual train that travels at 225mph (362kph) is the focus of a new design from British-based transport designers Priestmangoode. Named the Mercury, the double-decker 1,312ft (400m) long train, offers a low-carbon, sustainable transport of the future and represents an opportunity to champion British design and engineering in an increasingly competitive global economy.
An ambitious project, the interiors of this train are envisioned to boast of commuter seats and private berths, children’s play area, and lounge and bar. First class aboard the Mercury looks more like a luxury penthouse than like a train carriage. It comes with comfortable sofas, soft colour tones and clean design, as well as a lot of glass and open space. Instead of a shabby dining car there’s a sleek lounge with a bar. Families and business professionals have also been given their due consideration: Private rooms have been provided, and there are also play areas for children.
We need to persuade people to travel by train to achieve a successful low-carbon economy. To do that, train travel needs to be as exciting as air travel and as sexy as the latest car. Not only does it need to be fast, it needs to be modern, luxurious, exciting and stylish. Mercury is all those things, explains Paul Priestman of Priestmangoode, designer of the iconic Virgin Pendolino train.
The racy design and the impressive speed of the Mercury have already brought it the nickname ‘Concorde of the Tracks’, building on the famous supersonic passenger airliner.