The article discusses the possibly world's first prototype test installation to use unconverted ac power from the public network to supply metro trains that is being developed in Berlin, Germany. If the prototype test works successfully, it could be the start for the universal application of ac power through the third rail or catenary that would substantially lower the cost of both infrastructure and rolling stock. Berlin Transport Authority will invite the railway supply industry and the power supply company in Berlin to participate in the project, and plans to test the concept from 2006 on a section of U-Bahn tunnel that for a time will be isolated from the rest of the network. The intention is to test the system for about 2 years, and if it is successful, the plan is to develop a migration strategy for the whole of the Berlin U-Bahn to go from dc to ac in the next 15 to 20 years.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
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  • Authors:
    • KNUTTON, M
  • Publication Date: 2004-9


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  • Accession Number: 00980255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 4 2004 12:00AM