Freight train driving strategies developed for undulating track through train dynamics research

Collaborative research agreements between Queensland Rail and Central Queensland University resulted in the development of a train dynamics test platform, the Multi-Wagon System (MWS). The MWS was used to record dynamic parameters on six wagons and driver actions and dynamic parameters at the locomotive over sixteen hundred kilometres of track from Brisbane to Cairns and return for a series of tests. Each test involved revenue-raising trains that were marshalled for load destination. Queensland Rail's driver training simulators and the Centre for Railway Engineering's longitudinal simulators were used to replay the recorded driving strategies. The train dynamics, fuel and brake' usage, and running times resulting from these simulator runs were then compared with a range of alternative driving strategies. Driving strategies were developed for this particular section of track that optimised the three criteria: 1. Driving to meet schedule. 2. Driving to minimise energy consumption. 3. Driving to minimise train dynamics. The paper presents the details of the track section, details of the driving strategies that were recorded; details of the driving strategies that were trialed on the simulators and detailed analysis of the train dynamics that resulted from each strategy with respect to the above criteria.

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  • Pagination: 12p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Railway technology for the 21st century: CORE 2000: conference on railway engineering, May 21-23 2000, Glenelg, South Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532085
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:54AM