DESCRIPTION(last modified February 19, 2017 )
Birmingham AirRail Link is an automated cable system (fixed rope) which operates connecting Birmingham International Airport with the Multi Modal Intherchange point at the airport railway station.
This cable systems replaced a previous magnetic levitation people-mover (Maglev) in service from 1984 to 1995; Maglev experience was abandoned because of its many technical problems (signalling troubles during snowy days, car body overweight, etc) which caused many service interruptions.
Air-Rail consists in two simple and detached 600 m long tracks, without switches and communications between tracks.
HISTORY(last modified February 19, 2017 )
|1984||Airport Terminal-Airport Railway Station MAGLEV system||--|
|1995||MAGLEV system withdrawn||--|
|2003||MMI Station-Airport Station cable system||AirRail Link|
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
Single line length (Km)
Single line stops
Single line avg. distance (km)
Total track length (km)
Total network stops
Avg. stop net distance (km)
rubber tyres (Note:fixed grip cabins)
cable moved by an electric winch (MT)
Type of guide/gauge
elevated modular steel guideway on concrete substructure
Cable Liner Shuttle