MCV 9100 MP
|MCV 9100 MP|
|Traction power supply|
|ATB max. 80km/h|
The MCV 9100 MP is a 4-part fictional train based on the RET SG3 rolling stock. It was developed for the Airport Shuttleservice at Rijndam Airport, to replace the aging SG2 rolling stock. There is also a driverless version available, the MCV 9200 MP AT.
It is a 'Matériel Pneumatique'; a metro on pneumatic tires, as developed by Michelin and introduced on the Paris metro system in the period 1951-1956.
This system is in use today on Paris metro lines 1, 4, 6, 11 and 14, and also on metro systems in Lyon, Lille, Marseille, Montreal, Santiago, Mexico City, and Lausanne.
In this system, each bogie has four rubber tires for supporting the weight of the vehicle, four horizontal rubber tires for guidance, and four steel train wheels (directly behind the rubber supporting tires) for guidance in switches, on maintenance tracks (where there are no side beams for the horizontal guidance wheels), and emergency backup (for example; in case of a flat tire). During normal running, these steel wheels do not contact the steel rails in the middle of the tracks, as the rubber tires have a slightly larger diameter.
Here you can see this system in operation in Paris: https://youtu.be/CXOkCSXEL2I
As the steel rails in the middle of the tracks are standard gauge, the tracks can also be used by normal steel-wheels-on-steel-tracks rolling stock. In Paris, this functionality was used during conversion of already existing lines to the rubber tired system, including mixed services of normal and rubber tired rolling stock on the same line. Presently, normal (steel wheeled) rolling stock can occasionally still be seen on lines using the rubber tired system, but usually only for transfers of rolling stock between depots/workshops.
You can read more about the rubber tired system here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber-tyred_metro
Operations In Simulator
This train needs special tracks to operate, which are (so far) only installed on the Rijndam Airport shuttleservice. It can also run on normal tracks, but it was not designed for this; this is usually only done for short distance shunting at low speed (for example; to enter a maintenance facility).