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"Hotel-Train" introduces a new concept of night train.
It is fundamentally a design manual. An impressive, extensive invention of this new object: a train that runs regularly every day and is built like a real hotel - a complete, refined, travelling hotel. It is amazing to see how we could travel long journeys while doing our own work, exercising in the gym, buying a book in the library, attending a school lesson, a university lecture, a cinema festival, or a theatre show... there is even a post office for shipping or receiving your luggage, inside the train! And it looks like it could be realised right now. Internal design, on-board and off-board services, routes and timetables, carriage layout, a basic business plan... this book contains more than 80 innovative ideas, usable individually or as a whole; there is everything you need to start the realisation of such an incredible train from scratch (in this case, if you plan to work on it, please consider the "Reader-Writer Agreement" section, at the beginning of the book).
During the work the Author imagines collaborating with a new railway company, to invent and design this new concept. Sometimes you will see what the company and the designer say to each other.
In the book there are many illustrated comparisons with the current state of the art, including several luxury trains - often unknown - which offer expensive railway cruises in refined bedrooms, lounges and restaurants. The Reader can find several practical addresses of operating luxury trains all over the globe; with those addresses you can book a cruise even today, if you can afford it. Those trains seem very comfortable, but they lack all the innovations of the Hotel-Train which are introduced in this work. Moreover, the new Hotel-Train is designed to travel daily, rather than in single cruises, and to be much more affordable than today's luxury trains.
If you read carefully the book you can find also some vision of life, of world. A world in which entrepreneurs, managers, designers and builders work to provide new objects to the customers with the first aim of making people feel good - the purpose of having a revenue comes only after. It could seem a simple concept but it isn't, if we look deeper.
And in these pages there is also the life drama of an inventor who feels the absolute need to somehow communicate his unstoppable new ideas, while everyday needs are also other...
In conclusion, "Hotel-Train" is like a travel ticket that takes you to a new possible future and invites to build it together. This book should not be missing from the library of any train enthusiast or professional in the world.
Table of contents:
The Reader-Writer Agreement
Should I take the train?
Part I - The concept
Chapter 1 - Internal design
1.1 - Double-deck, double-income
1.2 - Double-deck, double-corridor
1.3 - A touch of luxury
1.4 - A touch of luxury: Top-Of-The-Top-Luxe Suites
1.5 - A touch of luxury: Cheap-Luxe Suites
1.6 - A touch of luxury: panoramic points
1.7 - Real bedroom, real bathroom, real shower
1.8 - Real restaurant, real lounge cafè
1.9 - Real cinema
1.10 - Real Personal Workspace
1.11 - Modularity
1.12 - Different passenger, different work
1.13 - Special luggages, special bicycles
1.14 - Special windows
1.15 - Special lights
1.16 - Special music
1.17 - Special materials
1.18 - Special perfumes
1.19 - Special accessibility
1.20 - One hotel, one entrance
1.21 - One hotel, many styles
1.22 - Natural architecture
Chapter 2 - On-board services
2.1 - What about... shopping?
2.2 - What about... sport?
2.3 - What about... learning?
2.4 - What about... tourism?
2.5 - What about... art?
2.6 - What about... showrooms of innovative products?
Chapter 3 - Off-board services
3.1 - Home-To-Home Luggage Service
3.2 - Home-To-HomeStation Luggage Service
3.3 - HomeStation-To-Home Luggage Service
3.4 - Home-To-Station Luggage Service
3.5 - Station-To-Home Luggage Service
3.6 - Home-To-Station Transfer Service
3.7 - Station-To-Home Transfer Service
3.8 - Residential Station Lounge
3.9 - Residential Transfer Lounge
Chapter 4 - Economics
4.1 - Different passenger, different strategy
4.2 - Different passenger, infinite fares
4.3 - Universal Transport Card
4.4 - Universal Transport Card on-board payments
Chapter 5 - Routes & Timetables
5.1 - Undulatory Paths
5.2 - Circular Paths
5.3 - Undulatory&Circular Paths
5.4 - Low Speed
5.5 - Day Use
5.6 - Forgotten Stations
5.7 - On Demand Stations
5.8 - On Demand Routes
5.9 - Stable Stations
5.10 - Personal Stable Stations
5.11 - Railway Cruises
Part II - The train
Chapter 6 - Layout design
6.1 - Business Carriage
6.2 - Art Carriage
6.3 - Cinema Carriage
6.4 - Academy Carriage
6.5 - Sport Carriage
6.6 - Shopping Carriage
6.7 - Touring Carriage
6.8 - Family Carriage
6.9 - Bicycle Carriage
6.10 - Luxe Carriage
6.11 - Cargo Carriage
Chapter 7 - Experience
7.1 - Available services
7.2 - Paid services and free services
7.3 - Tickets and services
7.4 - The Gift
7.5 - Delayed passengers
7.6 - Room comparison
7.7 - Carriage comparison
7.8 - Complete rolling train
Chapter 8 - Business plan
8.1 - Expected fares
8.2 - Comparison with the OBB case
8.3 - Replacement Carriages
Destiny and Rationality
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