Marathon Project for Long Trains with Distributed Traction

Marathon project aims at reducing the rail transport cost while optimizing the use of existing infrastructure freeing capacity for transporting higher CTS volumes between ports to inland dry ports or between Freight Villages. Budget constraints and long time to market for any new infrastructure led to analyse a pragmatic way for increasing the transport capacity by creating long trains of up to 1500m. This is possible by coupling two classical 750m trains with a second locomotive in the middle of the convoy remotely controlled by a reliable radio link from the head one equipped with a technology kit and an intelligent interface for interoperability. In order to ensure a high filling ratio the coupling and decoupling is done on line in few minutes enabling to serve various origins and destinations. The train safety is assessed by simulations, controlled on test bench and checked with real trains by on line trials. Technical recommendations are issued by UIC for an operational leaflet.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01529914
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2014 1:23PM