Redirect Left wrote:
hahaha. No. Longitudinal seats are the worst.
We've had them for ages, on the Class 378s, they're horrid.
If you're strapped on the iron-board type for 3 hrs, then yes.
Otherwise, a very good compromise between peak-time capacity, accessibility and a chance to sit on a sofa.
They work well on our 2 hrs long route in extra-cramped peak hour service carrying up to 1000 people (train about 200 m long) - on empty times you can sleep down on the long benches.
Maybe you should ask the japanese to give you those comfy long benches they have on their commuter stocks.
Top of the vertical railings should be a luggage rack.
Why? These are designed for short, commuter journey's, not really much of a luggage requirement.
We have them on our commuter stock, handy if your job involves moving pretty large stuff.