The expression shuttle train refers to a train that runs back and forth between two points, especially if it offers a frequent service over a short route. Shuttle trains are used in various ways, in various parts of the world. They commonly operate as a fixed consist, and run non-stop between their termini. They can be used to carry passengers, freight, or both.
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Airport shuttle trains
A train may be described as an airport shuttle train if it either shuttles between an airport and some other location, or connects two airport terminals with each other. The latter type of airport shuttle train is usually in the form of a driverless people mover, and is often referred to as such.
The Gatwick terminal shuttle is a people mover used to transfer passengers between the North and South Terminals at Gatwick Airport. It runs every few minutes 24 hours a day, and the journey takes two minutes.
Car shuttle trains
A car shuttle train is used to transport accompanied automobiles, and usually also other types of road vehicles, for a relatively short distance. Car shuttle trains usually operate on lines passing through a rail tunnel and connecting two places not easily accessible to each other by road. On car shuttle train services, the occupants of the road vehicles being carried on the train usually stay with their vehicle throughout the rail journey.
Commuter shuttle trains
During the morning rush hour, the Aichi Loop Line shuttle train runs over the Aichi Loop Line between Mikawa-Toyota Station and Shin-Toyota Station in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The northeastern end of the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line is single-tracked although the depot line runs in parallel. Trains serving the terminus are shuttles to the penultimate stop, Ayase.
The first section of the Fukutoshin Line of the Tokyo Metro was named the 'New Line', with shuttle trains running express in parallel with the Yurakucho Line, between the Ikebukuro and Kotake-mukaihara stations.
A diesel shuttle train runs between Papakura and Pukekohe on the Southern Line in Auckland, New Zealand as this section of the line has not yet been electrified. Battery powered EMUs have been ordered and will replace the ADL/ADC class DMU shuttle in 2019.
There are three shuttle services in the New York City Subway, as well as several other non-shuttle services with shuttle portions. However, of these services, only the 42nd Street Shuttle is a true shuttle that stops only at two locations. Four shuttle services were formerly run in the subway.
Other shuttle trains
The National Intermodal Network Austria, operated by Rail Cargo Austria, uses a hub-and-spoke system of shuttle trains to provide overnight links between the highest volume intermodal freight terminals in Austria. The hub of the network is located at Wels.
The MTR Disneyland Resort Line is a themed shuttle line linking the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort with the rest of the network. Another shuttle train runs between the Tseung Kwan O and LOHAS Park stations, on a spur serving a new residential development.
The Zermatt shuttle connects the car-free mountaineering and ski resort of Zermatt with nearby Täsch, where people travelling to and from Zermatt by combustion-engined vehicles are required to park their machines. For the better part of most days, the service operates every 20 min and takes 12 min.
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- "Glossar Öffentlicher Verkehr". Institute for Transport Planning and Systems (in German). ETH Zurich. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Connections between Pisa Centrale and Galileo Galilei airport". Trenitalia. Trenitalia. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- "Terminal shuttle". Gatwick Airport. Gatwick Airport Limited. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Construction of urban railways: Aichi Loop Line" (PDF). JRTT. Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency. p. 20. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "NINA - National Intermodal Network Austria". Rail Cargo Austria. Austrian Federal Railways. Archived from the original on 21 August 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Zermatt Shuttle". Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Täsch". Zermatt Matterhorn. Zermatt Tourismus. Retrieved 6 February 2013.