Through coach

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A Paris-Algeciras through coach (at right) being shunted for bogie exchange at Irun railway station, Spain, 1993. 05 052a Bf Irun, RENFE-Bmp, SNCF-Bc.jpg
A Paris–Algeciras through coach (at right) being shunted for bogie exchange at Irun railway station, Spain, 1993.

In rail terminology, a through coach is a passenger car (coach) that is re-marshalled during the course of its journey. It begins the journey attached to one train, and arrives at its destination attached to another train. [1] [2]

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Through coaches save their transit passengers the need to change trains themselves. [1] They also increase the number of direct links offered by the train operator(s). [2]

Most frequently in the form of sleeping or couchette cars, through coaches have commonly been used for long distance journeys, especially in continental Europe, although they are much less common now than they were in the early 1970s. [2]

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  1. 1 2 "Railway Operations - I: Train Services – Q. What are 'slip coaches' and 'through coaches'?". IRFCA website . 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2013.External link in |website= (help)
  2. 1 2 3 Gardner, Nicky; Kries, Susanne (30 June 2011). "Letter from Europe: Train services of yesteryear". Hidden Europe website . hidden europe. Retrieved 30 August 2013.External link in |website= (help)
  3. DBAG Reservation List [ dead link ][ permanent dead link ]
  4. "Train timetable". Retrieved 13 March 2017.

This article is based upon a translation of the French language version as at February 2013.