Bid to bomb-proof trains

British engineers are researching bomb-proof train carriages to prevent a repeat of the carnage left by the London Underground terrorist attacks.

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Bomb-proof train carriages could save lives

British engineers are researching bomb-proof train carriages to prevent a repeat of the carnage left by the London Underground terrorist attacks.

Blast-resilient rolling stock has been developed by the EU-funded SecureMetro project, which was launched three years ago.

A controlled explosion on a decommissioned Tube carriage Credit: Newcastle University/PA Wire
High speed cameras were used to slow down the blast, so the impact could be analysed in detail Credit: Newcastle University/PA Wire
A similar test was later carried out on a prototype carriage Credit: Newcastle University/PA Wire

The project was created to test designs for Tube and overground carriages that minimise injury and death, if a bomb attack was to take place.

Focusing on containing the blast impact, and reducing levels of debris, the research involved a controlled explosion on a decommissioned Tube carriage.

Tests were carried out by the team at Newcastle University's School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

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