In this report a review of both technical and economic factors is undertaken to bring into sharper focus the time frame in which it might be expected that electrification of significant portions of Canadian railways is likely to occur. Technical solutions for the unique Canadian conditions are available; however, further analysis is required to identify the acceptable solutions and their costs. The supply of electric power to meet the demands of heavy unit trains at reasonable cost, without disrupting other supply utility customers, is identified as an important technical problem. A program of investigation, research, and development designed to permit a smooth transition to effective electrified operation is outlined. The building of a 400 mile prototype operation on an existing main line track is recommended as part of this program. The distribution of economic and other national benefits should encourage federal participation in an electrification program of national scale. The study, considering over 11,000 track miles, suggests that if electrification is to occur it cannot begin too soon. An annotated bibliography is included.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Transportation Research and Development Center, Canada, Railway Advisory Committee.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport

    Queen's University
    Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • CORNEIL, E R
    • Lake, R W
    • English, G W
    • LAW, C E
    • SCHWIER, C
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 764 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00158201
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CIGGT-76-2
  • Contract Numbers: OST5-0036
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM