A cost effective high speed railway for Australia

Rail currently has a small share of the interstate freight and passenger markets particularly for movements along the East Coast of Australia. Rail needs to match the performance of the competition to increase market share and a significant reduction in transit times is a fundamental requirement. The poor performance is a direct result of the inadequate alignment of the existing tracks. Various proposals for new rail infrastructure have been based on needs of either the freight or the passenger market. An approach that deals with both sections of the market has been lacking. This paper outlines a concept that could form the basis for renewal of the rail infrastructure to suit freight and passenger trains without compromising the performance of either. In addition to the greater potential revenue from the total transport market, the concept would be less expensive to construct and would be much more cost effective than separate systems for the two types of transport. The paper contains some key performance data for the trains and details of the track standards that allow the two types of train to use the same tracks.

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  • Pagination: 9p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Cost efficient railways through engineering: CORE 2002: conference on railway engineering, November 10-13 2002, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532109
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:55AM