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Tram-train systems use light rail vehicles but combine heavy
rail running with on-street operation. Indeed this type of system
enables tram vehicles to share railway tracks with conventional
rail rolling stock but to also leave the rail network and run
on-street in the same manner as a standard tram system. Tram-train
systems have several significant advantages including a high
passenger carrying capacity, potential for fast journey times and a
high quality image. Tram-trains can be powered by electricity,
diesel or a combination of both.
further key advantage of tram-train systems is that they can
provide increased penetration into the city centre by leaving the
mainline railway lines and running on-street through the city
centre area. As well as benefiting passengers this also helps to
"free up" capacity at main line rail stations.