From the Friends of Amtrak Archives: Flexliner in Service on the San Diegans--July 17, 1996; From the "San Diegan News." Amtrak brings you the Flexliner, a Danish-built, high-tech passenger train that has been operating in European rail service since 1990. Ride the Flexliner July 21 - Aug. 1 aboard Amtrak San Diegan trains 570, 577, 578 and 585 (except July 26). Experience the Flexliner version of Custom Class with "Service at Your Seat." The Flexliner is on a two-year tour of North America and is designed to serve a variety of local and regional travel markets providing a combination of comfort, efficiency and speed. It is self-propelled, operating without a locomotive, and is capable of coupling and uncloupling within minutes. The Flexliner embodies today's concept of modern, safe and highly effecient 21st century passenger rail service. As the name suggests, its flexibility make the Flexliner perfect for short-to-medium distance, regional and intercity service operating over existing, conventional rail lines. The Flexliner was clearly designed for passenger comfort. It features luxurious coach and first-class seating for approximately 140 passengers, with panoramic windows, entertainment and refreshment amenities, power outlets for laptops, fax machines and telephones. The train's compartments are large and airy, with air conditioning, ergonomically-designed seats and areas for wheelchairs, bicycles and strollers. The Flexliner is an advanced, self-propelled, bi-directional passenger train. Its unique automatic coupling system allows individual trains to be joined and separated within minutes allowing a number of trainsets to begin as a single train with one operator, then quickly uncouple into smaller units with different destinations. And for the ultimate in flexibility, Flexliner's proven computer technology allows diesel and electric equipment to run as a single train with either diesel or electric motors providing the tractive power. The design of the train has carefully-considered environmental factors, giving top priority to decreased fuel consumption and reduced noise and air-pollution levels. In fact, the Flexliner's low-emission engine runs without smoke or the smell of diesel fuel. The train was designed by ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation (Adtranz) and is a 50/50 joint venture combining the worldwide transportation businesses of ABB Asea Brown Boveri and Daimler-Benz. Adtranz is a complete global provider of transportation products, systems and services, including passenger rail systems, automated guideway transit systems and automatic train control systems.
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